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Lost and Found in Lagos – Portugal

Posted on September 2, 2010 | Travel Destinations10 Comments


Spain may emerge as a snooty neighbor who sort of dominates over the picturesque Portugal, but even then the place doesn’t hold back from attracting a million travelers each year. Much like a proud feather in the cap of Europe, Portugal boasts a winding historic past and came to be discovered in the 15th century when Portuguese were on their way to find a route to hit the Indian shores. It is during that search for an access to Indian territories that marked the discovery of Portugal. A perfect vacation in the historic and archaic city would begin from cobblestone streets that meander in to the nooks where significant monuments and architectural styles vivid in the construction of the buildings paddle one back in nostalgia. The best way to explore the city is by hiring a bike on an hour basis which can be easily found by the streets. This bike culture explains how Portugal has achieved to retain the exquisiteness of the bygone era. Leisurely paddle down the streets from one place to another much like traveling in a whole different era. And, although, Portugal retains that old world charm, its relics are only a part of the city which is moving ahead with the changing times, yet maintaining its ethereal legacy.

Lagos Portugal tourism

Portugal Cities

Home to many cities like Porto, Sintra, Viseu, Lisbon, Guimaraes, Fatima, Funchal, Evora, Faro, Algarve, Albuferia, Lagos and many others. Lagos Portugal is rather more famous for its buzzing market and fishing port and then as a tourist destination. It is for this reason that Lagos emerges as a quite a place to keep a check for. Its originality can still be spectacled and reveled in the laid back and authentic vibe of the town. A lot of sights have been restored by the government and as a result the archaic walls of Lagos Portugal can also be found.

Porto Portugal

Lagos Portugal can also be called as a historic lab where a lot of intriguing structures and shrines make a trip so interesting. Going down the memory lane in the bygone era, the very famous site is that of the Gold Church of St Antonio. Very close to the church is also a museum that exhibits local art, which definitely break the league so much so that a jaw drop expression rather becomes inevitable to hide.

A leisure stroll by the newly done up Marina in Lagos Portugal soaked in coastal breeze with an amazing view from the stretch makes for a great place to catch views of the rising and setting sun. A walkway just running parallel by the beach, it is certainly an experience in itself.

Culinary Affairs

Apart from sight-seeing and leisure, the true-blue Lagos experience is incomplete without the gastronomic affairs this place has to offer. Eating out and sampling local delicacies should be high up on anyone’s agenda then be it just an ordinary foodie! From everything to be sampled and savored, don’t at all miss on the fresh fish which is a real culinary delight of Lagos Portugal. The most famous and oldest restaurant in the city is the Mullen’s which serves mouth-watering sumptuous dishes. Also the joint of A Forja is among the top favorites for dining. Remember to go well before time, or else waiting in the queue with such exotic aromas lingering around can make the wait seem all the more long. Apart from these two, the traditionally themed restaurant of O Joao also attracts much of the tourist lot who get to spectacle the true culture from the ambience and way of eating from the local cuisines served. A lot of eating joints go well with a vibrant music scene and local musicians keep the diners entertained, which further adds to the experience of dining in Lagos.

Beach Story

Talk of restaurants. Check. Talk of Portugal Cities. Check. But talk of beaches, how can they be left behind? The Algarve region is best for the beach type folks. The most looked forward to shoreline is that of Ponta de Piedade. The waves are greatest in height as compared to any other place which makes this beach a paradise for the surfers and alike.

You ought not to miss in Lagos

Visit the museum of Museu de Municipal de Lagos displaying traditional tiles of azulejo or spectacle the archaeological vicinity exhibiting a range of intriguing religious accoutrements; or get ready to set in awe of the enticing palace of the Palacio dos Governadores. There is also the very beautiful church of the Igreja de Sao Sebastiao situated on the Praca Luis de Camoes.

Museu de Municipal de Lagos

Climate Check

Visiting Lagos at the time of summer can be hot with a very happily shiny sun over your head throughout. From the months of June to August, summer may be accompanied by surprise showers, yet the climate remains extremely dry.

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  • Felicity Cole says:

    Portugal, from many thousand years has helped heal the sick, relax people, refreshed and energized them..Even the sands and waters in Port Santo have healed people as they are rich in minerals like iodine,calcium, magnesium help to combat the loss of mineral salts in body due to fatigue and stress..
    When I was at Portugal, I found cures for treatments for bone and muscle ailments other than beauty and spa treatments whhich are quite popular here..their approach towards curing this ailments is traditional luxury combined with rich experience..

    thanks for the great read! :-)

  • Awra Zeus says:

    When I was as Lagos I stayed at a private apartment and was a good 25 kilometers from the center of the town..If you like cycling this place is great as the path along the promenade is great for cycling..

    The entire trip was great, lovely weather and really frugal.!

  • Clement Anderson says:

    The entire town of Lagos is really nice for a stroll in the evening with many bars and restaurants along the promenades ..
    In the evening a light breeze blows so ladies carrying a light sweater or a wrap is a good idea!
    Bars at marina have live bands and singers on most nights..
    Kohinoor serves excellent curry..
    Do Cais at marina offers open views to marina and lunch is excellent..
    Lots of street theatre and a very safe and comfortable feeling about the town..
    NO large groups of ‘Brits Abroad’ loud and drunk!
    This place has an old town feel about it!
    Lagos old town is very good! The streets are narrow with cobbles and Alfresco dining!

    Will definitely return to Lagos in the future!

  • Bella AckerMan says:

    If you are ever in Portugal make a trip to Southern coast and visit Lagos.It is the most popular in the backpackers’ community.

    Awesome beach, great people, great sights and amazing food.!

    Near the city centre, on one of the side streets is Blue door..It doesn’t have that name , but just that its door is ‘blue’!

    Explore the beaches , but don’t go in the dead end of summer as it has way too many people…

  • Max Schreiner says:

    If in the south of Lagos a boat ride along the coastline to Lagos is an absolute must see and for a small cost of approximately $10..off-season we got the boat-ride for $8..

    You can get a small boat ride..which will take you to some of the caves and further down the coastline..We were on the water for approx. an hour and found it completely worth

    Lagos is a friendly laid back place with great shopping streets and a variety of restaurants offering so much food variety..I recommend you to try Lemongrass Thai restaurant..!

  • Ekeope Queus says:

    Went to Lagos it was my first time and I was not disappointed..Didn’t see many places..

    What a lovely place where people are so friendly and the place itself is spotless..

    Harbor area is a place where you can go out at night and have a choice of restaurants to pick from..

    Had a fantastic holiday here..
    Most importantly it was really reasonable..

  • Jacob Curran says:

    Had a really nice relaxing break at Lagos..Thankfully it has not covered itself with high rise buildings..It still has its Portuguese charm, although it obviously relies on its tourists..Standard of service is excellent..Some really fine places to eat and lovely beaches too!

  • Gatsby Thompson says:

    Lagos has a great nightlife!!

    During summers it is the best..absolutely filled with people who want to have a good time..there are so many clubs and bars in town so just keep exploring..!!You’ll always find something with a new drink to try..!
    Sagres beer is great!!Lots of cocktails and shots..Apiece of advice never drink Absinthe and Red Bull here!It absolutely kills you!
    A few bars to recommend is Red eye, Whites, Joes Garage and there’s so many more!!

    If you go to Lagos, try to make the most of it..
    I hope you really enjoy! :-)

  • Alan O'Reilly says:

    Oh great post! Thanks for posting the useful information! :-)

  • Guillermo del Tomo says:

    Thanks for the post and great discussion!

    Really enjoyed reading it :-)

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