Lagos dos Descobrimentos (Lagos of the Age of Discovery)
Lagos is one of the historic cities of the Algarve and of the Discoveries. In this audio guided route you will go through ancient streets, walls, monuments and beaches.
Location
Region: Algarve; Municipality: Lagos, City of Lagos.
Accessible by car
Take the EN 125 or A22-Via do Infante and head into the city of Lagos. Follow Avenida dos Descobrimentos to the Municipal Market. The Tourist Office is located nearby.
Accessible by train
Lagos train station is located in the city, next to Lagos Marina.
Starting Point
Finishing point
Gil Eanes Square
Type of route
Circular
Location
Region: Algarve; Municipality: Lagos, City of Lagos.
Accessible by car
Take the EN 125 or A22-Via do Infante and head into the city of Lagos. Follow Avenida dos Descobrimentos to the Municipal Market. The Tourist Office is located nearby.
Accessible by train
Lagos train station is located in the city, next to Lagos Marina.
Starting Point
Finishing point
Gil Eanes Square
Type of route
Circular
Minimum Altitude
0 m
Maximum Altitude
51 m
Length
4 km
Time required
1h30-2h00 (approx.)
Cumulative elevation gain
169 m
Cumulative elevation loss
108 m
Minimum Altitude
0 m
Maximum Altitude
51 m
Length
4 km
Time required
1h30-2h00 (approx.)
Cumulative elevation gain
169 m
Cumulative elevation loss
108 m
Description of Itinerary

Download the audioguide before you start the walk:

  • MP3: 64 Mb
  • MP4: 130 Mb

           

Starting off facing the old Town Hall; take the road on your left towards Avenida dos Descobrimentos, and then left again, towards the Municipal Market.

Keep walking until you reach the Lagos Living Science Centre, then turn right. Go around St. Sebastião Church and turn right. Passing the church door, take the narrow street on the left.

Go down the cobbled street and turn right, following Rua do Caracol until you reach the opening in the walls. Go around St. Francisco’s Bastion and then left, until you reach Point 1 at St. Amaro’s Bastion.

Go past the car park all the way to St. Nicolau’s Bastion, go around it and then left, following the city walls. When you reach Nossa Senhora da Conceição’s Bastion, go down the stairs on the right.

When you reach the Porta da Praça D’Armas archway, cross the road, veer right and go up the stairs to your left. Keep on straight ahead and go up more stairs to the left, until you reach Point 2.

At St. António’s Bastion, go down the stairs on the left and follow the city walls until you reach Point 3. At the crossroads, turn left and you will see the Porta da Vila Bastion. Next, turn right and go around the Porta da Vila multipurpose sports courts. Turn right, past the Humanitarian Association of Lagos Volunteer Firefighters, and you’ll reach the main road. Cross the road at the crossing and go down the street directly ahead of you, to Point 4.

Turn right at the end, past the Esperança de Lagos football pitch, and then turn left towards Dona Ana Beach. Go past the hotel pool and then down the stairs to your left, to Point 5.

Follow the path with the beach to your right and keep going along the dirt track. Take the natural stairs and then turn left towards Pinhão Beach, keeping on along the pavement, with its decorative crazy paving, until you reach the statue of St Gonçalo.

Turn right and go down the stairs, then keep going straight on. Once you’ve gone past Ponta da Bandeira Fortress, cross the road and head towards the Porta de S. Gonçalo archway, through the garden called “Jardim da Constituição” and Infante D. Henrique Square.

Follow the road to the right of the Church of St. Maria and turn right, towards the Municipal Museum. Go down Rua Silva Lopes and Rua 25 de Abril, then turn right at Travessa da Senhora da Graça, reaching Point 6. At the end of the road, turn left onto Rua da Barroca, and you’ll find you’re back at the start of the route.

 

What will I see?
  • Statue of El-Rei D. Sebastião (King Sebastian of Portugal) (João Cutileiro, 1972)
  • “Venus Deitada” (Venus Lying Down) Sculpture (João Cutileiro, 1980s)
  • Monumento aos Navegadores Lacobrigenses (Monument to the Navigators of Lagos) (1997)
  • Caravela Boa Esperança (The Caravel of Good Hope) (1990)
  • Monument to St. Gonçalo of Lagos (Tolentino Abegoaria, 2001)
  • Fort of Ponta da Bandeira (17th century)
  • Governors' Castle (13th century)
  • Church of St. Sebastião
  • Batata, Pinhão, Dona Ana, Estudante and Camilo beaches

 

USEFUL INFORMATION

  • Along the route you will be instructed to pause the audio guide until you reach a certain location;
  • Even if not instructed to do so, you should pause the audio guide if you have not yet reached the location being described, as there may discrepancies between the audio timings and the time it takes you to get to certain locations;
  • You are walking in an urban area, so beware of traffic; 
  • We suggest you follow the audio guided tour from start to finish and, only after you complete it, go back to visit the places that most sparked your interest.
Useful contact information
  • Lagos Town Hall: (+351) 282 780 900 / 282 771 700
  • Almargem Association: (+351) 289 412 959
  • Lagos Hospital – Algarve Hospital Centre: (+351) 282 770 100
  • Lagos Volunteer Firefighters: (+351) 282 770 790
  • National Republican Guard – Lagos: (+351) 282 770 010
  • Public Security Police – Lagos: (+351) 282 780 240
  • Lagos Tourist Information Office: (+351) 282 763 031
  • If you see a fire, call: 117
  • In the event of an emergency, call: 112

 

Downloads
Leaflet with Map
MP3 (64 Mb, audio): Lagos dos Descobrimentos
MP4 (130 Mb, audio+video, for Smartphone - 720x406): Lagos dos Descobrimentos
Track GPX: Lagos dos Descobrimentos
Track KML: Lagos dos Descobrimentos