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Portugal: Lagos – The Town of Amazing Beaches and Cliffs – VIDEO
We have already presented the Algarve region in our series in great detail. We end it with the city of Lagos, which is one of the most popular tourist and serves as a perfect base for exploring. Thanks to the surfers, it also maintained a very relaxing atmosphere.
Lagos's history stretches back over 2000 years. That is why there is something to admire. Among other things, you will see a Neolithic menhir. The city also long served as a base for explorers' expeditions of Portuguese sailors, which brought him enormous wealth.
Unfortunately, in the mid-18th century Lagos was severely damaged by the earthquake and the subsequent tsunami, some of the buildings (such as the local castle and part of the fortifications) were fortunately preserved.
Be sure to visit the Santo António Church with its unique interior decoration that you might not expect in the context of a simple facade. Otherwise, you can see several churches, mostly in a decent Portuguese style.
Stop by the fortress at the quay and stroll along the beautiful beaches that begin behind it. To get to most of them, you have to walk through a tunnel in the cliffs. Do not miss the local promenade, from which you will see a replica of one of the ships with which local sailors discovered the world.
The biggest attraction of the region is definitely the surrounding beaches and beautiful cliffs. Be sure not to miss the caves and fascinating rock formations of Ponta de Piedade. You can also take a boat trip or rent kayaks and paddle to the caves.
Just a short distance away you will find two beautiful beaches - Praia do Canavial and Praia de Porto de Mós. Even over them, cliffs rise, and even if you don't like sunbathing on the beach, come here for a walk.
Not far from there, a large coastal national park begins in the direction of Sagres. Nature there is amazing as well.
It is an archipelago and also an island which is located in the Macaronesia region. Only two islands are inhabited as the whole archipelago is a natural reserve. These islands are Madeira and Porto Santo.
Incredibly, it is still possible to travel. One of the European countries that can be easily reached without tests from Prague, but also very cheaply from Vienna, is Portugal. Low-cost airlines fly from Vienna to the Portuguese city of Faro, which lies in the beautiful Algarve region. The sandy beaches are lined with beautiful cliffs, the water is crystal clear. From Fara, the train leads to the city of Lagos, which is one of the most beautiful in the Algarve. Then you can continue by bus to the very southern tip to the picturesque town of Sagres.
Fatima is undoubtedly one of the most famous Catholic pilgrimage sites in the world, but it does not mean anything to most Czechs. The Virgin Mary appeared to three children here, and so millions of people come here every year to ask for a miracle.
"The birthplace of Portuguese nation" is how this city is dubbed or as "the cradle of Portugal". they believe that the first Portuguese king was born here. Close to here, a decisive battle on country's future was fought. Every Portuguese patriot must visit Guimarães. Yet what can a foreign visitor, e.g. from the Czech Republic, get from visiting this place?
Everybody knows port wine. Perhaps you also link Porto the a high steel bridge and its majestic arch crossing the Douro river. Perhaps you would think of wooden boats carrying wine barrels from the inland wineyards. Porto is, however, a diverse city. There is great history, culture, cuisine, and beaches along the Atlantic coast. Every year, an increasing number of visitors visit this city.
Just 45 minutes by train from the center of Lisbon there is the city of Sintra. It became famous for its castle, palaces, and many beautiful buildings. Moreover, there is a beautiful nature park Sintra-Cascais, unusual mountains which will lure you to make a trip. Let’s see Sintra together.
Not far from Portimão on the south coast of Portugal lies the small town of Carvoeiro. At the same time, it offers beautiful scenery and small beaches protected by majestic cliffs, where you can enjoy some peace and privacy even in the greatest season.
Bright white plaster, color-framed windows and doors, narrow, cobbled streets, screaming seagulls and beautiful atmosphere. Portuguese fishing villages are among my favorites and Ferragudo is one of the most famous. Let's have a look there together.
Travel to Madeira by plane only. There is probably no other way to travel almost 1000 kilometers from Portugal and 600 kilometers from North Africa. Moreover, sailing on a ship might not be comfortable for everybody.
There is another lighthouse near Sagres. Its current appearance dates back to 1908 and its optical devices are among the 10 largest in the world. The lighthouse can be reached around beautiful cliffs in probably Portugal's most scenic area.
There is a lot to see at the westernmost tip of southern Portugal. Among other things, a large national park, which protects the best preserved part of the coast, as well as the important fortress of Santo António de Belix in Sagres, to which we will now go.