The Ponte da Piedade is a huge, much photographed rock formation hollowed out by the sea. The formation is accessible by boat, as are many other beautiful sea coves and hollows. From Lagos you can also take boat trips that guarantee dolphin sightings.
Lagos is an area rife with history. Castelo das Governadores which translates as Governor’s Palace, is the castle from which Dom Sebastiao is believed to have addressed his troops before setting out on the calamitous crusade of 1578. Most of the palace has been destroyed over the years, especially by the 1755 earthquake however a section of wall with the famous window of address ironically remains. The Forte Ponta da Bandeira is the 17th century fort that once defended the harbour entrance to Lagos. The building offers stunning panoramic ocean views and views of the striking coastline.
Casa da Alfandega was built in 1445 and marks the site of the first African slave market in Europe. The building now however contains an art gallery with exhibits that are continually changing. The building sometimes hosts concerts and theatre productions to offer as entertainment for all ages. The Igreja de Santo Antonio is a fascinating early 18th century building. The building features an extravagant interior of gilt, gold, delicately carved woodwork and azulejos, and is generously decorated with angels and cherubs. The Museu Regional is attached to the famous 17th century church of Santa Antonio and contains a miscellany of exhibits, including mosaics, archaeological and ethnological items. All of these museums and buildings provide as fascinating breaks from the hustle and bustle of Lagos town.