The first trips of discoveries Portuguese starting from about 1419. Lagos played a fundamental part in the geneses of the Portuguese Discoveries. With effect, this port, since the first years of the XV century, was involved in the organized discovery trips by the Infante Dom Henrique and for other magnates’ Portuguese. The Discoveries marked the opening of the Modern World, a world to the progressive unification.
Sagres it was where Infante D. Henrique founded his celebrated school of marine navigation returned for the trips of the discoveries and where we can find the rose of the winds that he was guided. Beginning in the early 15th-century, the Portuguese began to lay the foundations of a powerful, maritime empire. Begin this tour by exploring the 's old Moorish capital, Silves. Here you will visit the cathedral, castle, and archaeological museum.
Then, continue on to Lagos, known as the 'Gold Coast' because of its distinctive yellow rocks. This port was the base for many voyages by Portuguese entrepreneurs, including Henry the Navigator. Hear how he financed many expeditions and supposedly founded a school of marine navigation. Enjoy a relaxing lunch break before continuing to the most south-westerly village on mainland Europe, Sagres.
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