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Things to do in the Lagos district.
|As well as the historical aspects of the old town, there is much to attract the visitor. The new Marina is just one example of the renewed investment here.|
|There are several churches to visit, and connected to the church of Santo António is a small municipal museum, which contains curiosities and traditional artefacts as well as city documents and archaeological finds.|
Igreja do Carmo
|The Franciscan Monastery, built on a hill outside the walls, is now mostly
ruined. Part of it serves as stables for the local Guarda Nacional de Republica (Rural
Police). There are two mounted officers who sometimes patrol the countryside.
Until the GNR received modern 4x4 transport, it sometimes took over an hour for them to reach emergency callouts in the outlying rural areas of the district on horseback.
Convent de Nossa Senhora da Glória
|Founded in the middle of the 15th century this little chapel is situated on the
road to the Municipal aerodrome.
The congregation could listen to notices and sermons delivered from the outside pulpit.
The hermitage was in the building at the back of the church.
Its full dedication is to São Pedro do Pulgão e Nossa Senhora dos afflitos - that is Saint Peter of the vine-louse and Our Lady of the afflicted.
Ermida de S. Pedro do Pulgão (1999)
|The aerodrome Control Tower||The Ermida de S.Pedro now surrounded by new villas (2001)|
There are numerous restaurants, offering a wide variety of menus from the humble, but generous Portuguese, to the exotic Far East. There are many bars and discotheques to keep one entertained in the evening. The Cultural Centre has regular exhibitions, and holds Concerts and theatrical events in the auditorium. Another open-air auditorium, set within the west walls, also holds entertainments in the summer. There is a cinema that shows films, with their original soundtracks and Portuguese sub-titles.
Several of the larger Hotels hold Folk evenings. Folk Dancing or Fado singing are attractions which can also be appreciated at some of the restaurants. Details of these events are usually published in both the local English papers.
For those whose interests are afloat there are boat trips, deep-sea fishing trips and tours of the grottoes that lie beneath the Ponte de Piedade. For the even more active, windsurfers can be hired at many of the larger beaches. New for Summer 1999, is the opportunity to go parasailing. There are opportunities for Divers to explore the seabed, but you must bring your certificates to enable you to participate.
The West Coast is ideal for surfing in the Atlantic Rollers off deserted beaches.
There is a microlight centre at the Municipal aerodrome.
For those who prefer to keep their feet on dry land there are two golf courses in the area, two bowling greens, tennis courts and squash courts. There are arranged Nature walks, led by an Algarvian society, and other nature and bird-watching tours. Dont forget the Horse Riding!
If you want to do nothing at all, but just laze in the sun, there are beaches of all shapes and sizes, from the long sandy stretch of Meia Praia to the small cliff-bound hideaways of the Ponte de Piedade.
Meia Praia beach
To take the most advantage of your stay in the area it is advisable to hire a car, or at least a moped.
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