Featured City: Lagos
The resort town of, in the western Algarve, is popular with visitors for several reasons:
Perhaps just as important, Lagos makes an excellent base for excursions to other town and attractions in the Barlevento, including:
The Algarve's sardine-canning center has a lively waterfront where you can watch the boats come and go. You can also shop, visit the local Gypsy market, or check out the excellent beach at nearby Praia da Rocha. Or you can take a half-day riverboat excursion to:
Arab fortress with orange groves inside its walls. The town also has a 13th-Century church (once a cathedral) which survived the 1755 earthquake that leveled most historic buildings in the Algarve.This inland town was the Moorish capital of the Algarve. Its main attraction is a vast
As you drive inland toward the mountains from Silves, you'll reach this small town that was a fashionable resort in Edwardian times. The forested setting is pretty, and the fresh mountain air is invigorating on summer days. From Monchique, continue 8 km (5 miles) inland to the summit of , which offers a sweeping view of the coast and the Sagres Peninsula (see below)..
In the 1400s, Prince Henry founded a school of navigation on the Sagres headland, at the southwestern tip of Europe. This became the training ground for Portuguese mariners who pioneered new trade routes, explored distant lands, and helped Portugal become a major colonial power. You can tour the remnants of Prince Henry's fortress and visit the lighthouse at nearby , where ships still pass on their way to Africa.
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