Typical houses in the Ribeira district, PORTO

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LAGOS
CENTRO CULTURAL DE LAGOS
A small, but very active, cultural centre, that offers contemporary art exhibitions, jazz concerts and more. An inner yard contains a peaceful café with Internet access. (282 770 450. R Lançarote de Freitas, 7).
CITY WALLS

A few traces from the old city walls dating from before the earthquake still remain, such as the magnificent and legendary Manueline window. Inside the walls, discover a charming part of the town, with narrow alleyways and old two- or three-storey houses.

FORTE DA BANDEIRA
This small, squat fort, dating from the Restoration of Independence War, guards the entrance to the harbour and served as an outpost to prevent attacks by sea. It adds a very special touch to the seafront.
PARQUE ZOOLÓGICO DE LAGOS
A zoo that respects the living conditions of its residents. Each species is housed comfortably, according to its needs, and both exotic and local species are on display.  The most popular attraction is the Ilha dos Primatas (Primates´ Island). (282 680 100. Barão de São João. Winter: 10 am – 5 pm;   Summer: 10 am – 7 pm; 10€).
PRAÇA GIL EANES
This square has roads that lead off from it to the seafront that is the present-day centre of Lagos and it contains a statue of King Sebastião created by the modern sculptor João Cutileiro in 1973. The king looks childish and frail, offering a critical perspective on Portuguese history. Nearby, in another square, a monument honours the Portuguese soldiers killed in Belgium in World War I.
SANTO ANTÓNIO CHURCH
The plain façade gives no hint of the extravagance of the rich Baroque interior, where intricate gilt wooden carvings fill every inch of the walls with a wild fantasy of grotesque figures, cherubim, plants, animals and monsters, brought to life by the golden reflections. The wooden vault is adorned by a heavy Portuguese coat of arms.
SÃO SEBASTIÃO CHURCH
Despite its simple outlines, this church has a proud, dignified presence. The main entrance door is flanked by two columns crowned with pinnacles. Inside, the visitor comes face to face with an imposing statue of Our Lady, standing 2.10m high. The interior also contains the mythical crucifix which, according to legend, accompanied King Sebastião on his tragic expedition to North Africa.