Half a day can be easily spent exploring the historic centre with its narrow-cobbled streets, traditional houses and stunning harbour front. Few towns in the Algarve have the variety of historic buildings, attracting visitors return year after year.
The variety of historical monuments and buildings reflect this varied and fascinating past. Buildings including the beautiful Santo Antonio church ( shown below), the Mercado dos Escravos (Europe’s first slave market, and the charming 17th century Bandeira Fort are completely unforgettable once seen.
Sagres is at the western edge of the Algarve and is characterised by impressive cliffs, raging seas and windswept landscapes. The powerful seas and expansive beaches attract surfers from all over Europe and this has provided Sagres with an understated trendy and vibrant atmosphere.
The Sagres region is ideal for visitors who appreciate nature's raw power and enjoy outdoor activities, be that surfing hiking or cycling. There is a regular bus service from Lagos to Sagres and it makes for an enjoyable alternative day trip.
Further along the coast is the Cabo Sao Vincente, the south-westerly tip of mainland Europe, and is a dramatic region with towering cliffs.
A night to remember, will be to witness the sun setting over the sea. Set you watch and make sure you are there to experience this amazing sight.
Silves is a laid back and extremely scenic town, dominated by the huge redbrick castle. leading down to the slow flowing Arade River are cobbled streets lined with traditional houses. Silves makes for an enjoyable day trip from Lagos and is connected by the regional railway.
The Ponta da Piedade are a series of beautiful sandstone cliffs, considered to be the finest natural feature of the western Algarve. This headland to the south of Lagos has been eroded over time by powerful winter storms to form unique cliff formations, which include sea arches, grottos and delightful caves. The beautiful yellow and orange tones of the sandstone cliffs are lapped by stunning turquoise sea waters, which are full of sea life. The Ponta da Piedade can be explored from the pathways that cross and climb the cliffs, however, join one of the boat tours that depart from Lagos marina to experience a much more enjoyable approach.