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Lagos (Portugal)

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Lagos (pronounced Lagosh) is a city in the Algarve, in the south of Portugal.

Get in

To get to Lagos from Faro – to where many fly in from all over Europe - you take the A22 and it's about 1 hour drive (rather fast). You also can take the 125 west, the older road, that takes you through about half of the western Algarve. The 125 brings you closer to some of the interesting towns and villages of the Western Algarve. These include Albufeira, Carvoeiro, Ferragudo, Porches – with the famous Porches Pottery -, Alvor,Praia da Rocha, and then Lagos.

From Sagres (pronounced Sagresh) almost the most Western point in the Algarve you take the the 125 east and drive through Salema, Burgau and Luz (pronounced Loosh). These small towns are beach communities the are undergoing massive construction to house retirees from the UK and Germany and to a lesser extent from the rest of Europe. English is very common although the number of Americans is small. The drive takes about 30 minutes at reasonable speed.

The nearest Airport is Faro(Fao), about 75km from Lagos. Ana Airports Faro Airport Transfers

To get to Lagos by train from Lisboa, take the train to Faro and get off in Tunes, a few stops before Faro. Then take the train to Lagos. The schedules are timed so that you only have to wait a few minutes.

Transportation from Faro Airport

Get around

Lagos is a small city;you can pretty much walk everywhere. There is a bus and a train station to take you to other cities(Silves,Faro) and taxis are abundant. Walk to the beautiful sandy golden beaches.

Algarve Car Hire in Portugal


See

There is a great variety of things to see:

  • The city center is sculped with traditional architecture and colors from the region.

Beaches vary in shape and style from long sandy beaches to almost private ones hidden by cliffs.

  • Ponta da Piedade is a beautiful spot with a nice lighthouse from where you can make boat tours to the natural caves.
  • The harbour in the morning is full of activity, if you like to wake up early don't miss it. Also the fish market is an interesting spot.
  • Capela dos Ossos (Bone Chapel), Igreja do Sao Sebastiano. There is a small bone chapel on the side of this church, and one of several in the Algarve region (others at Faro and Alcantarilha). You may have to pay 2 Euros to enter the chapel, the bell tower and the church, but the view from the bell tower is worth the price.


Do

The beaches are great for exploration. Beaches outside of town are long desolate stretches of sand with tall cliffs that are excellent for privacy. Many sea caves can be explored during low tide.

Lagos Beach, Portugal

Walking along Estr. da Ponta da Piedade a few hundred meters before the lighthouse, (after passing a café and Camila beach on your left), find a concrete fencepost on your right decorated with a spray painted eye, mouth, and two teeth. Enter the path it marks, which will take you to the edge of the cliff. A bit north (to your right) there is a cove accessible only by boat or by a rather narrow hidden mud slope with a rope pegged to the top. There are a number of beautiful, although perhaps dangerous, walks along the top of the cliffs.

Rent sea kayaks - may only be available in the summer

Boat tours of the grottos - leave from the harbor for 10 Euros / person

There is also the Praia da Batata in Lagos (right across the main road) which is absolutely beautiful.

You can go on a motorbike and sidecar tour with Sidecar Experience; a breathtaking way to take in the wonderful scenery of South West Portugal.

Buy

Southern Portugal is famous for its ceramics, and Lagos won't let you down. Ceramic dishes and tiles of all price ranges, styles, and colors are available. Some stores don't provide boxes for your goods, only newspaper wrapping, so ask before you buy, if it matters to you.

There is sometimes a small fair in front of the church near the harbor where unique clothing can be bought.

Eat

There are some wonderful family run operations in Lagos. Many of the restaurants are starving for business in the off peak time and will go way out of their way to make your visit to their restaurant a pleasurable experience.

Drink

Lagos bars are quite fun, catering to the young back-packing crowds. Often one can find a Brit or American helping to serve drinks (for a little under the table wage).

Sleep

There is a large youth hostel in the centre of the city. However if you arrive in Lagos by bus there will usually be people there asking if you need accommodation. These are generally cheap and small, and a great option.

There is a campsite near where the N125 crosses Estr. da Ponta da Piedade


  • Pestana Alvor Praia, Praia dos Três Irmãos 8501-904 Alvor, +351 28 240 09 00 (fax:+351 28 240 09 75) (), [1]. One of the outstanding pleasures of a stay in Lagos is to walk the long riverside 'promenade' under the avenue of palm tees from the Marina to the sea * Monte d'Oiro Refugio Design Hotel * Costa d'Oiro Ambiance Village Hotel ==Get out== If you want to get away from the backpacking tourists, head to Vila do Bispo. It's about an hours bus ride from the garage. From the Vila do Bispo bus stop it's about 5 kilometers to the beach. It's not a bad walk, and there are hiking trails that head off into the hills if you're interested too. The beaches are gorgeous and seem to never end. Beaches are clothing optional, but most people are clothed. Visit:drive to beaches of Salema,Luz,both outside the city. Monchique town/spa(mountain). City of Silves(moorish castle).


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