This year, my family and I spent the summer holiday in Portugal. It started at Lagos, a city on the coast of Algarve, south of Portugal.
Lagos offers history, leisure and beautiful beaches. The city itself is compact, one needs not more than a day to explore it. I will write another post about the historical old city. Meanwhile, enjoy the pics of current Lagos.
There are many murals and street art spread there. These two are nearby my apartment. The first is on a wall of a lovely cafe, The Garden. This place is highly recommended for food and drinks.
Picasso on mural. Next to this mural is Centro Cultural de Lagos (Lagos Cultural Center). Visitors can enjoy shows and exhibitions for free. Two consecutive nights I saw a Fado group and a traditional dance show there.
This beautiful green building is one of Lagos landmarks located on Praça de Gil Eanes, Gil Eanes Square. Downtown Lagos is filled with shops, cafes and restaurants. It is quite touristy but that didn’t bother me. Between the with azulejos ornamented buildings, the city has a laid back, hippie like vibe.
In the 1970es and 1980es hippies and students traveled en masse to this little gem by train, using interrail pass. Apparently their spirit has stayed there ever since.
Notice that Lagos is rather hilly. Reckon with your own mobility if you want to come there.
Another thing that makes Lagos special are the beaches. Yes, beaches, lots of them: Meia Praia, Praia Dona Ana, Praia de Batata, Praia dos Estudantes, Praia do Pinhão and many more.
The possibilities to do water sports are plenty, surfing, kayaking, supping and many more. There are many surfing schools and hostels for young travelers.
Not feeling really active? Just take a boat trip to the rock caves or working on the tan on the beach. Beware, despite the high temperature the water is quite cold. I was told this is because of the location on the Atlantic Ocean which is a bit cooler. The Atlantic breeze cools the temperature at night, so a jacket or cardigan is recommended even in the summer.
When you are in Lagos and have some spare time. Bring the neighbouring traditional town Silves and the more modern Portimão a visit. This gives you an idea of how diverse Algarvian cities are.
Stay tuned for more Portugal travel stories.