Lagos Portugal is pretty impressive. We finally had a chance to visit this summer thanks to the fact that our house sitters had ten days free between sits and we spontaneously decided to extend our Madrid-Stockholm-Rome-Bologna trip. No wonder we’ve been nesting since we got back. We were gone a total of thirty-one days!, and I’m proud to say with just carry-on luggage too. Here’s how to experience a most relaxing vacation in this popular destination of the Algarve.
Our Lagos Portugal Blog Post:
We have found in the after some years of blogging, a tight-knit community of people who are warm and very friendly. We have had the pleasure of meeting online friends in the past, such as Jed and his family in Rome and Victoria and her family when they visited Seville on their holiday. We had the good fortune to connect with Anita and her husband Richard online last year.
She had somehow found the blog online. We had something in common. We had both been pharmacists in our working days. Their blog no particular place to go is one of my favorites. I enjoy traveling virtually with them. You might remember me interviewing them on a previous podcast. They had been permanent nomads for almost four years, starting off in Latin America. They have however settled in Lagos for the foreseeable future.
Ways to have an awesome vacation in Lagos? (Lagos Portugal Things To Do)
Chilling in Lagos Portugal – a very popular pastime
It was like meeting old friends when we finally came face to face. They were the most gracious hosts and showed us an amazing time. We stayed with them during our time in Lagos. We spent the days chilling on their balcony, cooking, checking out the downtown area and sampling the local food. I couldn’t have designed a better way to enjoy this laid back town that is insanely popular with tourists, especially the British. We took it easy for a lot of the time because it soothes your soul.
There is a pulsating Lagos Portugal nightlife for the youngsters. Lots of clubs and bars because Lagos has become a top draw for expats and families on holiday, especially from the U.K, but more and more people from the Americas as well now. If shopping is your thing, there are plenty of big name stores in the center as well as traders selling handmade items all along the beach all along the coastline. Surprisingly, most are not too expensive either when you consider it is tourist focused.
Where to stay in Lagos Portugal:
Our friends usually have visiting friends and relatives stay at the Hotel Marina Rio for the location, free breakfast and rooftop pool among other amenities.
There are also plenty of Lagos Portugal apartment summer rentals. Expect to pay a premium in the summer time. There are plenty of luxury Boutique hotels and flat rentals in the Algarve Lagos area on AirBnB (first time users can get some $ off their stay with this code) or Flipkey, a popular site with the Brits. Most people spend their days at the beach or hanging out at the building community pools.
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The Old Center in Lagos, Algarve: What to do in Lagos
We had another reason for visiting. Our lease will be up in less than six months and we have been discussing our next home base. Portugal being on the short list, we took the opportunity to check it out. Despite the fact that we liked Lagos a lot, we had more of an affinity for Lisbon, Porto even more so. We also found Portugal on the whole to be a bit more expensive than the south of Spain.
More like Barcelona prices, but l guess it’s to be expected as those are popular tourist destinations. Perhaps the lesser known parts would be cheaper. Ultimately though, we have decided to stay in Spain, even though we’re not sure exactly where. Somewhere closer to the water, so the research continues.
Lagos Portugal Facts :
- Early settlement of the Carthaginians
- Colonized by the Romans, named it Lacobriga
- Occupied by the Visigoths and later on the Byzantines from the 6th to 8th century
- Came under Moorish rule in the 8th century. They fortified the city
- They had Europe’s first slave market
- It was the capital of the Algarve from 1576-1755 when most of Lagos was destroyed by the great earthquake and tsunami.
We found Lagos to be a lively and historic place, utterly quaint and charming. Despite the fact that the city was packed, it didn’t feel crowded. It was more like a steady hum of activity which l found fascinating. Imagine someone pushing the slow motion button on the remote. Very hard to describe, but no one place was too crowded despite a large number of people.
Lagos Portugal is the perfect destination for sun lovers. Where is Lagos you ask? It is located on the coastline of the western Algarve region of Portugal and one of numerous quaint towns. To say the beaches are beautiful would be an understatement. The rocky beaches remind me of the ones in Malta a lot, only much bigger. Even though we didn’t actually spend time at the beach, we visited a few. Perhaps next time.
Visiting Ponta de Pierdade should also be on your Lagos itinerary. You can find our dedicated post to this absolutely stunning place including how to get there from Lagos here on this Ponta Post.
Lagos Portugal Beaches: The real draw
Food in Lagos Portugal: (What to eat in Lagos Portugal)
The cuisine is very similar to what we have here in Spain. A lot of fresh seafood. We loved it.
How could we call ourselves foodies and not have images of food? :-) . We went to one Algarve restaurant called Forta Leza de Luz located in the little town of Praia de Luz, one of the many Algarve towns. I highly recommend this place if you visit the area. The food was fantastic.
The views were spectacular. It was just perfect. The service, while not impeccable, was way, way better than you get in other parts of Portugal and for sure Spain. The service at other places we ate at was more what l have come to expect. Nonexistent ;-) . The food makes up for it though.
Anita and Richard also took us to the most amazing gelato place in all of Lagos. Do yourself a favor and check it out. Federico and l both agreed that it is Italy worthy!
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What do you think of the Algarve town of Lagos? Does it look idyllic to you? Do you enjoy slower pace vacations or are you an always on the go person? I like both. What about you?