Plan To Explore The Ponta da Piedade Cliff Walk On A Visit To Lagos
On a stay in the Algarve, we explored the Ponta da Piedade cliff walk on a visit to Lagos. We were amazed at this view of more cliffs and caves along the Algarve Coast.
We started our day trip exploring the Carvoeiro Algar Seco cliff boardwalk. And headed to Lagos for more cliff views. But when we arrived in Lagos we found so much more to see and do.
The harbour marina area in Lagos offered many treats and a tasty lunch too. Wandering just outside of town we visited the Forte da Ponta da Bandeira and the Lagos Castle as we wandered along the upper cliffs.
We continued along the coast and when we saw the Piedade Lighthouse we knew this was the spot to explore the Ponta da Piedade cliff walk. Every view we got of the stunning cliff views confirmed our love of the Algarve area in Portugal.
Exploring The Harbour Marina In Lagos
When we arrived in Lagos, we headed right for the waterfront. We found a restaurant with a water view and ordered a good lunch. After our hike on the Carvoeiro Algar Seco cliff boardwalk we needed a break and some fuel.
After we ate we wandered around the marina area. We saw a multitude of different ways to tour Lagos. We even saw the hop-on-hop-off train to see all the major sites in Lagos. And we found lots of ways to have fun on the water.
We went up on the pedestrian bridge over the water and watched the water traffic. But we did not cross the bridge to explore the shops along the waterway. Beside the bridge we even found a fun tuk-tuk coffee stop.
There were a few sites we wanted to explore in Lagos so we backtracked and got our car.
Exploring The Tourist Sites In Lagos
We headed up Avenida dos Descobrimentos to the hill that overlooked the harbour and found a public parking spot. As we walked down the hill, we saw several of the stops we planned. We paused at the S Goncalo de Lagos statue and took in the views from all sides. S Goncalo de Lagos was a local saint from a fishing family in Lagos.
We next stopped at the Forte da Ponta da Bandeira (also known as Fortress of Nossa Senhora da Penha de França). It was built to defend Lagos in the 17th Century. We stopped by the drawbridge over the moat and then wandered around the building. On this trip, we had no time to explore the inside of this fort to see this well-preserved naval fortification or the chapel dedicated to Saint Barbara. Art exhibitions were regularly hosted inside.
On our walk along the water, we paused and looked out at more of the cliffs of the Algarve and the sheltered swimming area. Off in the distance surfers checked out the waves.
We found much to see along the waterfront on the Avenida dos Descobrimentos but we saved time to explore the Ponta da Piedade cliff walk.
A Stop At The Lagos Castle
Across the street from the Fort was the Lagos Castle – also known as the Governor’s Castle or Castelo dos Governadores. This National Monument was originally built by the Romans and was expanded after the conquest by the Moors. It served as the House of the Governors of the Algarve until the great earthquake of 1755.
We started our walk at the Jardim Da Constituição and explored the outer walls. At one end outside the walls we saw the Igreja Santa Maria.
At one time, the walls of the Lagos encircled what was the town of Lagos. We walked through the St. Goncalo’s Gate. This gate was named for the saint whose statue we saw earlier. Inside the portal we found a shrine in the saint’s honor. And on the other side we got a glimpse of the streets of old town.
We had no time to explore more of the Lagos Castle. It was time we moved on to the Ponta da Piedade cliff walk.
Wandering Along The Ponta da Piedade Cliff Walk
We moved the car a third time in Lagos and parked close to the Ponta da Piedade (Piety Point). The Piedade Lighthouse was our first stop. From there we headed along the boardwalk on top of the cliffs. But it soon became obvious that this was not the spot for great cliff views.
We went back towards the parking lot and headed out on the cliffs at that point. The Ponta da Piedade cliff walk took us out over the view of the limestone coastline. We were amazed when we walked right to the cliff edge with no fence or guard rails. But we saw people as they scrambled up to the top of the rocky peaks.
From there we walked along the shore to the left and got a great view of towering sea pillars from different sides. We saw rock faces all chiselled from pounding waves.
Our first view at the Ponta da Piedade cliff walk had us entranced.
A View Down To The Caves
We headed to the right side and again were awed by the view down at the cliffs and caves of the Algarve Coast. The rocky cliffs were fascinating. As we moved on, the vista ahead showed stunning rock arches and hidden grottos. We saw the stairway that led to the lower levels. But on this visit, we did not go to the bottom.
We were intrigued with the variety of caves and arches carved into the limestone. Through the arches we saw the bright blue green seas.
When we walked further down the path, we got a view down along the shore. And saw the boardwalk we started on.
There were some shops and a cafe by the parking lot. But we were ready to head back. The views of the cliffs and caves from the Ponta da Piedade cliff walk were simply stunning. We were glad we made a day trip to Lagos and did not miss this treat.
Happy We Explored The Ponta da Piedade Cliff Walk On A Visit To Lagos
Our day trip on our stay in the Algarve gave us some stunning views of the cliffs and caves along the Algarve Coast. We headed to Lagos to explore the Ponta da Piedade cliff walk and were amazed at the fantastic views we got.
It was great to explore the cliffs from the top. We drove to the site but saw that the Lagos hop-on-hop-off bus stopped here too. But also we learned there were boat trips from the harbour to see the cliffs and caves from the water level.
We were glad we spent some time in the city of Lagos too. The harbour marina and the local historical sites were great stops on our visit. We were sure there was much more to discover if we planned a longer visit to Lagos.
Did you explore the Ponta da Piedade cliff walk on a visit to Lagos? Did you find other cliff and cave sites close to Lagos?
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