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Hello friends and blog readers! We hope that you’ve had a good week and have been keeping busy. Recently we were able to spend some time in Lagos, Portugal and we want to tell you how it was and what you should do if you visit there. So we’ve compiled the top three things to do when visiting the Lagos area. We’ve been wanting to get out to Lagos for a while now but we never could get things to line up just right. So we finally just booked the hotel and then things fell into place. We learned a good lesson. If you want to go somewhere new or try something different oftentimes you just have to make it happen otherwise it probably never will. So let’s start with our number one thing to do in Lagos.
If your not familiar with where Lagos is located it’s in the southwest of Portugal in what is known as the Algarve coast. This area of Portugal is gorgeous and there are amazing beaches as far as the eye can see. Lagos is further west then where we live closer to the Spanish border and this seems to result in beaches with gigantic rock formations and cliffs that enhance the landscape. Among the top beaches in Lagos are Praia do Camilo and Praia Dona Ana. Both of these beaches are super close to the downtown area of Lagos so you won’t have to travel far. We first visited Praia Dona Ana and it was just as amazing as we were expecting. What made it even better is that there were only a handful of people on the beach since it is the off season. What makes the beach special are the giant rock formations in the water and the soft sand and light blue waters. We could have easily spent the rest of the day at that beach.
Praia do Camilo was a little further from the downtown but not much. This beach is much smaller than the other beach and is more difficult to access since you have to descend a bunch of steep steps that lead right up to the beach. Even you you have to put in a little effort you will be rewarded. The beach can be divided up into two parts one to the right and the other to the left. Most people will stay on the right since thats where the stairs lead you. We recommend going through the rock tunnel and spending your time on the left side. You will have more space and it is more secluded. Again this beach does not disappoint since the scenery is postcard perfect and the sand is nice and soft. We recommend stopping into one of the local grocery stores and grabbing some snacks or a light lunch and then enjoy it on the beach while taking in the view. After your done relaxing you can head back up the stairs and explore the different cliffs and rocks that connect to one another by different paths. Each offers a more amazing view then the last which would be definitely Instagram worthy! Just be careful because there are no ropes or barriers and there are fatal accidents every year in Portugal from people falling.
Our second must-see thing to do in Lagos is to visit the downtown. Since we live in Spain sometimes we don’t always have many different options when it comes to different types of cuisine when eating out since the Spanish really love their Spanish food. It was amazing to walk around downtown Lagos and see Indian food, British food, Mexican food, and more. We ended up eating at a place called Beats and Burritos because they advertised a burrito that was California approved! We couldn’t resist. The place had a cool vibe and definitely made you feel like you were in a surfer town. The food was pretty good but I would have to say that it didn’t hold up to the burritos in California. After lunch we walked around and just took it all in. The downtown area has all sorts of shops and restaurants to explore. The vibe is very laid back with kind of like a hippy/surfer feel. It is also full of expats as we were able to speak to everyone in English and at times it didn’t even feel like we were still in Portugal. It reminded us of a cross between Berkeley and Santa Cruz in California. It was a nice way for us to get a taste of home. We would recommend downtown Lagos for a stroll and to grab a bite. We went almost everyday and it kind of served as our base.
Our third must see place to visit is Sagres. Sagres is located at the extreme southwest of Portugal and it is about 30 minutes from Lagos. You want to visit Sagres to experience the wild natural beauty of the coastline and the dramatic cliffs. It’s a beautiful drive out there and the town is very inviting. We took a walk along the cliffs and then we headed down to a beach called Praia da Mareta. This beach was amazing! It had wonderful views on both sides and it was so relaxing. We hung out at a restaurante called Restaurante Raposo. You should check this place out when you are here because its right on the beach and the outdoor tables all face the water so there’s not a bad seat in the house. We had some pastel de natas and green wine which Portugal is know for. Don’t ask me how they make it. It’s tart but it grows on you. The nice thing about Portugal is that they have great weather pretty much most of the year. So when we were visiting in late October there were people swimming in the ocean. We actually regretted leaving our swim wear at the hotel since it was hot enough to get in the water.
Would we recommend a visit to Lagos? Absolutely! Portugal is often overlooked for more touristy countries like Italy, France and the UK but if you make the effort to visit you will be happy you did. You’ll find everything to be less expensive, less crowded and more untouched than those other places. We hope you found this article useful and we hope that you are able to get out there and travel soon!