Being near the beach and feeling the sand between my toes, feels like home. Lagos feels like home.
This was my first time in Portugal, and I already have another trip planned to Lisbon later this year. As this was a taster, I’m already looking forward to Lisbon!
Portugal in summary is the ideal holiday destination for Europeans. It isn’t far, and it has endless coastlines, great for surfers too! I flew into Faro, which is south enough where it’s warm 300 days a year. It’s cheap, a beer will set you back €1! If you find a supermarket, you might be lucky enough to find wine for that price too! Food is also cheap, you can find gyros around €3, great for that midnight snack when you’re out. I was a bit worried about the language barrier in Portugal but I was pleasantly surprised to see that English is their second language and most people can converse in English compared to the Spanish. Oh, and Uber works too!
My trip started in Faro, if you’re planning the trip, I would recommend half a day in Faro then catch the train to Lagos. To be honest there’s not much to do there, unless you have a car to travel to Villamora or the beaches outside of Faro. Faro’s old town itself is worth a visit, but it will take you an hour to walk the entire town.
Keep an eye out for some amazing street arts in Portugal! I regret not taking more photos of some of the work I’ve seen.
Faro is more like a port or drop off point, it’s not really a beach place unless you travel out further, e.g Albufeira. But plenty of restaurants to keep your taste buds tantalising!
First thing I had to try was the famous Portuguese tart – Nata! It was so worth the calories.
Shortly after I caught the train to Lagos, which was €7 per way and takes 2 hrs. There are buses available too, and takes about the same amount of time. I preferred the train, because it’s more comfortable and there’s air conditioning. Make sure you check the train timetable beforehand – google maps is pretty accurate with the timetable, as the trains schedules are at random times and are usually delayed by a few minutes.
Lagos’ Old Town. Lots of restaurants, bars, nightclubs, shops, and lots of Aussies! You’ve been warned, every second person you meet will most likely be an Australian.
But of course my favourite part about Lagos is what it’s famous for, the Algarve Coastlines. Honestly, one of the most beautiful I’ve ever seen!
I did a mini hike along the coastline and met a lovely American who accompanied me, I must have been a very annoying tourist as we stopped a lot because I wanted to soak in as much of the scenery as possible! I mean look at it! Stunning!
My friend and I also had the chance to go out kayaking to the grottoes. We paid €30 for a ferry which took us out half way and then we kayaked around the main grottoes. It was an experience I enjoyed immensely! You can book on the day with the many tours operators along the beaches – you’ll see them don’t worry.
Saying goodbye to Lagos was hard! It’ll be awhile before I’m back on another beach. Hopefully this won’t be my last time in Lagos.
Headed back to Faro to catch my flight I had 2 hours to kill, so I hung around the rooftop bar at Hotel Eva – not a bad place to relax!