Igreja de Santo Antonio
This amazing church has extravagant Baroque decoration and is considered to be the most beautiful in Portugal. Ornate, golden painted wood carvings fill the walls, along with beautiful azulejo tiles (blue and white).The church also features 6 paintings which represent the miracles of Saint Anthony (Santo António). The church was built in 1707 and then rebuilt in 1769 after the devastating 1755 earthquake. The lavishness of the church is likely due to the fact it was used as a place of worship for military personnel before taking off on their long voyages, and so was given money upon their return as thanks.The Church has two bell towers of differing heights, which a a beautiful and distinctive landmark of Lagos.
Lagos Fish Market
The Lagos fish market, found on the main Avenida, opposite the marina, hosts three floors of magnificently fresh produce. On the ground floor fishermen sell their daily catch, with a wide variety of fish from 33 vendors. the local residents and restaurant owners get there early (around 6-7am) for the best selection. There are also 4 butcher shops. On the first floor you can find a range of local farmers produce, including fruit, vegetables, herbs, dried fruits, nuts, oils, sauces and cheeses. Its a great place to get some typically portuguese gifts, or a few fish for the BBQ.
Lagos´ Museu Municipal houses an interesting collection of archaeological finds from the area. These include Roman mosaics, Moorish oil lamps and pottery. There is also display of European weapons such as swords, muskets and cannonballs and the charter by which King Manuel conferred privileges on Lagos. The most valuable items are the vestments worn during the last mass attended by King Sebastião, before leaving on his ill-fated conquest of Morocco. The Museu Municipal tour ends in the amazing church of St Antonio.
Igreja São Sebastião
The Church of São Sebastião was originally built in the 14th century, when the building served as a hermitage consecrated to Nossa Senhora da Conceição. It was transformed into a church and dedicated to São Sebastião in the 16th century. The late-Gothic portico and the locally sculpted motifs of the lateral doorway are particularly noteworthy. The interior is formed by three naves separated by Doric columns. The church houses an exquisite statue of Our Lady of Grace, donated by D. João V. There is a small Bones Chapel in an annexe.
Farol Ponta da Piedade
An unforgettable scenic walkalong along the cliffs leads to the lighthouse, Farol Ponta da Piedade. For the best view, do it around sunset. The cliffs are a rich gold in the lowering sun, and the shimmering ocean amongst the grottos is truly picturesque, and you can end the walk at this beautiful Lighthouse. Unfortunately you can’t enter, but with the ocean backdrop and neighbouring palm trees, its an impressive sight.Behind the lighthouse, is the famous Ponta da Piedade. There are small stair ways and paths down to the natural beauty, so you can discover it by foot. Alternatively, take a kayak or boat trip to reach it and explore the grottos and caves on the way.