Before heading inland to Portimão, you will see a busy deep-water fishing port on the river Arade, where brightly colored boats float in the bay.
Lagos and its rich history
Your first stop will be at the historical town of Lagos. Its sturdy medieval walls testify to its importance in the 15th century, when shipyards built the caravels.
Reminders of the past can be seen around every corner, including the site of Europe’s first slave market and the ornately gilded Chapel of Saint Anthony, whose interior contains a magnificent set of Baroque carvings, an ashlar of Baroque glazed tiles and several 18th-century paintings depicting the saint’s miracles. The church forms part of a visit to the Municipal Museum situated next door.
The wild Cape St. Vincent
Continue to the wild headland of Cape St. Vincent, passing numerous small villages of white houses. Sagres is the place where Prince Henry the Navigator built his School of Navigation and where his sailors set out to explore the world. The windblown Cape St. Vincent, with its 200-foot-high cliffs facing the Atlantic, lies at the extreme southwest of Europe.
Before returning to the ship, you will have a photo stop at Baleeira Beach with excellent views over the Algarve Coastal areas and its beaches.
- This tour can be operated in reverse order. On Mondays when the St. Anthony Museum is closed there will be an alternative visit to the maritime museum in Sagres.
- Included: entrance to museum
- Language: English
- Max. participants: 250