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Beautiful riverside, patterned promenade in Lagos

Description: What strikes you first when you arrive in Lagos is the long park-like riverside promenade which runs right from the highway and past a section of the old cities stonewall. It s a lovely cobblestone and mosaic-patterned promenade stretching the length of the estuary to the new Marina, uncluttered, nicely landscaped, very clean and pedestrian-friendly. It is reminiscent of similar promenades on the Costa del Sol and the French Riviera.

Marina

This is the place where all the rich tourists arrive by their yachts and boats. Around the marina you find a lot of open-air places to eat and drink and to have a few over the lively scene of the marina.

Aqualand

Aqualand Algarve is located in the central area of the Algarve, near the town of Alcantarilha (Armação de Pera), 15 Km from Albufeira. The park has water attractions for all tastes, some totally unique in the country, such as the Banzai, which give moments of joy, fun, adventure and relaxation. Banzai Boggan Get ready to discover the attraction that makes Aqualand Algarve a unique water park in Portugal. Try to surf on your board after descending a nearly vertical drop of 23 meters and gaining a dizzy speed. The sort of ride you would tell your friends about.

Phone: (351) 282 320 230
Address: Albufeira
Directions: Buses from Albufeira, Vilamoura, Lagos, Portimão, Praia da Rocha,
Alvôr Vila Real S. António, Tavira, Armação de Pêra e Galé. Open from 29th May to
15th September 2006. Open daily from 10.00 h to 18.00 h.
Website: http://www.aqualand.es


Zoomarine
A fascinating entertaining and educational oceanographic facility taking its theme from the links the Algarve has with the sea. Take your family to the Zoo marine and enjoy a wonderful day watching dolphins, seals, sharks, turtles, exotic birds, seabirds, crocodiles and tropical fish. Zoo marines characteristics, exhibitions and shows of an exceptionally high standard make it unique in Portugal.
In a tranquil setting offset by lakes and gardens Zoo marine has created the right environment to reveal the "secrets of the sea". The park has all the requisite amenities you need for a happy family outing: restaurants, shops, amusements and swimming pools.

Phone: +351 289 560 300
Address: ZooMarine, Guia, Portugal
Directions: Located in the province of Albufeira, just on the outskirts of Guia.
Other Contact: email: algarve@zoomarine.pt

Dolphin Safari
Take a trip on the Dolphin Safaris RIB (Rigid Inflatable Boat), which leaves from the Lagos Harbour, The trip lasts approx 45mins,Taking in the views of the coastline as well,past the grotto's and boats .

Phone: Tel: +351 282 799 209
Address: Lagos Marina
Directions: Lagos Marina you cant miss it.
Website: http://www.dolphinseafaris.com/
Other Contact: Mobile: +351 919 359359


Ground breaking dolphin watching and research.
Phone: 00351-282087587
Address: Marina de Lagos
Website: http://www.algarve-dolphins.com


If you like Zoos...
Lagos Zoo is great. Especially if you like Zoos. And if you like monkeys. It only takes an hour to get around and the drive there takes you through some charming rural inland Algarve. This place is aimed squarely at kids with lots of fowl roaming free, a farm section and barrels of monkeys doing monkey like stuff on their specially constructed islands.

Phone: +351 282 680 100
Address: Quinta Figueiras - Sítio do Medronhal, Barão de S.
Directions: N037 08.681' W008 45.959' Head N on the 120. Turn off left toward
Monte Judeu. Turn left at the cross roads in Barao S. Joao. It's on the left after a mile
or so.

Visiting the old city streets and shops in Lagos
Access to the old town is easy through entrances in the wall. The main shopping and tourist area is closed to vehicles, so you can browse and take in the sights at your leisure. Once inside, you'll find a market and neat, well-supplied shops specializing in silver filigree, copper, leather, a good selection of wines, great breads and delicious pastries. There is also a wide variety of restaurants for all tastes. The great earthquake destroyed or damaged many of the historic buildings, but left unscathed one that you absolutely should not miss. It's one of Portugal's national treasures, the military chapel of Santo Antonio.


The first slave market in Europe was in Lagos
It was from Lagos that Prince Henry the Navigator, sponsored missions of exploration along the West Coast of Africa. This resulted in the opening of the sea route from Europe to India and the subsequent development of the empires of not only Portugal, but also the Netherlands, United Kingdom, France, Spain and Belgium. So Lagos came to be the major port from which explorers set out to discover lands in Africa and Asia and build the trade routes that made Portugal rich.

The Grottos 2 (Desciptions)
If this is your first visit to Lagos, you simply must take a "grotto tour". Step into a small fishing boat, let your local fisherman be your guide, and witness from the water, the distinctive and magnificent cliffs that surround the Lagos area. It is truly a sight unseen! Your guide will navigate around and under the intriguing rock formations, take you into caves and point out the many secluded beaches that
surround the town. You can take the grotto tour by signing-up with one of the vendors along marble sidewalk in front of town. Alternatively, catch a boat at Praia Dona Ana or at Ponte da Piedad. This tour offers a little variety to your beach day.

Address: Lagos
Directions: Head for the harbour front
Website:


Algarve Cliffs
Near Lagos you can find a spectacular coastline. You hardly can see it from landside. On the quai of Lagos Harbour you get picked up by boats to show you the beauty of the coast. Most tours are held in Portuguese, Spanish, English and German by the driver. On the tour you'll see the west beaches, the impressive golden rock arches and the caves.



Church of Santo António
This breathtaking golden church is highlight of Lagos. It was built in 1769 as chapel in Portuguese Baroque style. The interior is completely gilded and carved. The church is part of the town museum.

Old Castle
Conquered by the Arabs in the 8th century, we can still see some fortifications that they left behind when Portuguese Kings reconquer the region... The fortifications were extended in the 16th-century. This picture was taken just before it start to rain, this section and archway is located near the monument to the navigator Gil Eanes.


Bahia (AKA Church)
The Bahia beach bar, this is a magical place. Its THE place to be on Sunday afternoon, relax on the terrace or the beach in front of the bar watching the waves and the Volleyball game (taking part if thats your thing). GREAT food, an amazing atmoshere.

Directions: Go through the square towards the sea, turn left and walk along the sea front, you can get a taxi boat for a few escudos)


Cape St Vincent
Believed to be the End of the World, until the discovery and European colonization of the Americas, this is where the cliffs of the most South-westerly point of Europe jut into the Atlantic Ocean. From the Phoenicians rounding the cape to head north for the tin islands, to Sir Francis Drake, heading east to Cadiz, to modernday yachtsmen, tankers and freighters, this was and still is an important navigational
reference point. Perched above the edge of the rolling waves is a lighthouse, whose beam can be seen up to 32 miles away at sea. This landmark is set within the remaining buildings of the 17th Century Franciscan Convent. Originally a hermitage founded in the 13th Century A.D., the convent was established in the 15th Century.

Address: Cape St Vincent
Directions: Head towards Sagres approx 10miles cant miss it


Fortaleza de Sagres
The Fortress of Sagres, What a view, from the outside just looks like a large fort? but inside its like the tardis. Contains a national monument and Natural Park . you can expect to spend at least 2hrs here if you walk around the whole site.

Phone: +33 282 620 140
Address: Sagres
Directions: Just head for Sagres you cant miss it.


Monchique Convent
The best things about Monchique are the drive there and the views. It's a dusty, rough-around-the-edges but cute little mountain town. Some of the narrow streets are flanked by charming and elegantly painted traditional cottages.

Directions: East towards Faro along the motorway and take the Monchique exit. We
ended up taking the road from Silves - pretty road. N037 19.174 W008 33.579


Visit the Cultural Center
The Centro Cultural de Lagos is a nice place where you usually can see some pictures exibitions, music concerts, theater, etc.

Phone: 282770450
Address: R. Lançarote de Freitas, 7
Directions: From the S. Maria Church go inside the town, pass near the museam St.
Antonio, and you are near the street Lançarote de Freitas.


See the town walls
The old center of Lagos is surrounded by a long Town walls. Some parts of it are very well conserved and worth while to see.


Off The Beaten Path Tips

Go for a walk along the cliffs.
Go south of Lagos (near the Bombeiros, fire department) up to Praia do Pinao. From the follow the cliff paths along the Dona Ana beach, Camillo beach, and Ponta de Piedade. Their you might have a drink at Bar Sol Nacente (Bar of the rising sun). Then follow the path in the north west direction to Porto de Mos. At times this might be steep. Use good shoes and only take this last part if you are in a good phisical condiotion. The rewards are high. Spectaculair views. One of the best that you can imagine!



The nearby beaches
The beaches around Lagos are some of the most beautiful of the Algarve, like Praia de Dona Ana, which can be reached after a 25 minute walk from the center of the town, Praia do Camilo, a bit further on, and Meia Praia, whose sands stretch for about 2.5 miles (4 km) east of Lagos. However, the most admired feature around the vicinity of Lagos for its tourists seems to be the unspoiled peninsula called Ponta da Piedade fronting the bay of Lagos. This is a wonderful walking area with spectacular sea views. It has scenery of matchless beauty with many colorful cliffs, caves, arches, rocks and some wonderfully transparent waters.

Cape St Vincent
If your looking for a romantic evening ,hire a car and go to Cape St Vincent and see the Sunset . lots of couples go there in the evening just to watch the sun go down ,can be spectacular. It will take you just over half an hour to an hour depending on traffic. While your there if your lucky look over to the cliffs with the shear drop and see if you can see any fishermen fishing.(they do call them suicide
fishermen) we couldn't believe our eyes when we saw them.if you look very carefully in the picture you will see one ,a very small dot almost in the middle of the picture at the edge.


A trip to Spain
If by any chance it's raining and beach is not very pleasant you may take the Via do Infant road and in 2 hours or less you are in Ayamonte, Spain. It's different. In the way you may stop in many others interesting places.


Sports Travel Tips

Mountain Bike around the cliffs
If you don´t know what to do, you can rent a mountain bike and go around the cliffs. Lagos coast is really beutifull. Eventually you can stop in the gorgeous beaches and have a refeshing bath. There are many bike rentals in the city, just look and ask for the best prizes and availability.

Fishing trips
You can go out on Big Game fishing trips for Marlin etc from Lagos Marina.
Equipment: Pump your muscles up first
Phone: 966 193 431 (Portgl)
Directions: Lagos Marina booking office, cant miss them.
Website: http://www.pescamar.info/
Other Contact: email: info@pescamar.info

Kayaking around the coast.
Lagos has a really beautifull coast. You can arrange a three hours kayak tour. You´ll have the oportunity of seeing the cliffs and the caves from the sea, a really exiting experience. They also stop in a little beach where you could climb in the cliffs and jump. Be careful, they are really sharp!! You can also do some snorkeling. You can arrange it at: - Praia da Batata. - In Largo Marques de Ponbal, in front of the tourist information office.

Equipment: Very important: - Suncream. - Watter. - Hat.
Address: Largo Marques de Ponbal OR Praia da Batata


Vilamoura Glof Course
Vilamoura's fourth course is an exciting addition to one of Europe's finest golfing destinations. It demonstrates the technical and aesthetic excellence which the on-going 'Vilamoura XXI' improvement and expansion programme seeks to achieve. Martin Hawtree's completely new front nine holes are a perfect complement to the extensively reshaped original 'North' loop of the previous Laguna layout. Four of the Millennium's first nine holes are over rolling parkland; the remainder are set between umbrella pines, such a distinctive feature of this part of the Algarve. The par-4 first rises from the tee in a dogleg to the right. Long hitters may be tempted to try to carry the encroaching trees which form a barrier on the right-hand side of the fairway. At 300 metres it is not overly long, but there are
awkwardly placed bunkers to catch a good drive or a wayward approach shot. The par 3's - the third and sixth - are a delight, both visually and to play. The sixth offers more of a test. There is a lake on the left and makes club selection paramount. When a course is as visually appealing as this one, it is hard to determine which hole will linger longest in the mind, but the twisting and turning par 4 seventh is a contender. Shadows of trees, and mounds and hollows dissecting the fairway conspire to
confuse, but a well struck and very accurate drive will set up a comfortable approach to the green. he second nine opens with a benign par 4 of 335 metres. An elevated tee affords views inland to the hills. The rolling fairways makes you want to open the shoulders and look for a relaxed, comfortable shot to the generous green. The eleventh - a par 5 - has fairway bunkers and requires accuracy to score well. The par-4 sixteenth invites a drive to the right side of the fairway where there is a
strategically placed bunker.

Equipment: No. of holes: 18. Par (SSS): 72 (73). Length in metres: 6200.
Requirements to play as a visitor: Knowledge of golf etiquette. Owned by: Lusotur
Golfes, Vilamoura. Tel 289 310 180. Golf Secretary: Eduardo Sousa. Pro: Abilio
Coelho. Amenities: Pro shop Driving Range Putting Green Chilling Green Club Hire
Lessons Trolleys Buggies Clubhouse: The Laguna clubhouse has been greatly
expanded and improved so that it can be comfortably shared with the Millennium
course.
Phone: UK 01394 272015
Address: Vilamoura
Website: http://www.algarvia.com
Other Contact: UK Mobile: 07702318658

Lagoon Alure Golf Course
In stark contrast to its three sister courses, Laguna is without pines and, as the name suggests, incorporates water hazards in its fairly flat layout. It used to have three nine-hole loops. The former East and South loops now form the 18- hole Laguna course. The former North loop was renovated and combined with a new nine to form the Millennium Course. The first hole here is an impressive par 5. You need a good drive and second shot, but the crunch comes with the approach. You
have to carry an impressive array of bunkers to find the stepped green. And that's the least of your worries, because the green slopes to its front, creating huge borrows, with the step to complicate the line. The par 4 fifth strikes terror for even the staunchest player. Yes, the tee is nicely elevated, but the overhanging trees on your left narrow the line of the drive which has a lake to carry: it's about 160 metres. If you're lucky enough to strike the ball well, then there are waiting bunkers beyond the
landing area. The approach must carry fingers of the lake to find a generous but sloping green. Somehow it's always difficult to have faith in the distance markers at this hole. golfer. A right-handed dog-leg determines the length and direction of the shot. The target is a very tight landing area between fairway bunkers and the lake on the right. The approach to a well-protected green is then over the corner of the water. It's always a tough hole. The par 5 fifteenth is a 'hop, skip and jump' hole, and needs a good drive, good second shot and accurate approach to the forward sloping
green. With water intersecting the fairway, and to the right, the chances of a 'Barnes Wallis' are more than likely.

Equipment: No. of holes: 18. Par (SSS): 72 (73). Length in metres: 6133.
Requirements to play as a visitor: Knowledge of golf etiquette. Owned by: Lusotur
Golfes, Vilamoura. Tel 289 310 180. Golf Secretary: Eduardo Sousa. Pro: Abilio
Coelho, Joaquim Catarino. Amenities: Pro Shop Driving Range Putting Green
Chipping Green Club Hire Lessons Trolleys Buggies Clubhouse: Attractive, modern
building with terraces overlooking the ninth and eighteenth greens. All usual
amenities, pro shop, reception, changing and locker rooms, lounge, restaurant and
bar.
Phone: UK 01394 272015
Address: Vilamoura
Website: http://www.algarvia.com
Other Contact: UK Mobile: 07702318658


General Tips
Sit back and relax
If you do go to Lagos remember to have at least one day where you sit back, possible have a cocktail, and relax. It is a fantastic place and the locals are very easy-going.


Enjoying the sweet sun of the morning
There are some shops all long the marina and several cafés, where is very pleasant to seat reading the newspaper, eating some almond cake of the region and enjoying the sweet sun of the morning.


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