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Discover Historical Lagos And Sagres (4 Hours)


Portimao, Portugal

Valid for Travel Now Through: 08 Dec 2018

Discover Historical Lagos And Sagres (4 Hours )

Portimao, Portugal

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Your day begins with a scenic drive towards Lagos, the ancient capital of Algarve. It was here, during the 15th and 16th centuries, that ambitious Portuguese exploration fueled the growth of Portugal into a great colonial empire. As Portugal expanded, so increased the importance of Lagos. In 1755, Lagos' growth was thwarted by a powerful earthquake that left the village in ruins except for a few of the village's strongest structures. Yet, in the face of defeat, Lagos emerged out of the ruins, generating the village's rebirth, while holding onto its strong traditional ties.

In 1444, Lagos became home to the first European slave market. For centuries, Portugal minimized its participation in the Trans-Atlantic Slave trade. Today, you will witness the remnants of a medieval village full of history and remembrance.

Your journey continues to Sagres, the medieval epicenter for brilliant scholars fond of philosophical and scientific thoughts, initiated by none other than Prince Henry the navigator himself. With the Age of Discoveries in full momentum and the Kingdom of Portugal at the forefront of the campaign, it is no surprise that Sagres is where Prince Henry the Navigator founded the very first nautical school in the entire world--the school Christopher Columbus would stumble upon by chance many years later. In the coming centuries, the village of Sagres became well regarded as the drop-off point that led to the discovery of the "new worlds to the known world by the Portuguese."

Here, you will be witness to the Cape of Saint Vincent, the southernmost point in all of Portugal, a location many ancient people once believed was the end of the world, a place where the world dropped off to...nothing. As you are taken over by an aura of mystery, imagine the fear felt by the many Portuguese sailors who bravely left this cape behind as their ships sailed southward into the vastness of the Atlantic Ocean.

08:00 AM, 09:00 AM,

Meeting instructions:
Specific pick up or taxi instructions will appear on your voucher after you purchase your trip.

Special instructions:
- Food, beverages, gratuities, and admissions are not included in the price of this tour.
- As the Algarve region is more panoramic than other regions in Portugal, we recommend a driver only that will give some explanation regarding the Portuguese history and culture from inside the vehicle.

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