Travel Thursdays: Exploring Portugal’s Algarve Region (Stop nr 4 – Lagos)

by Karisa

Check out my other Portugal posts here: Lisbon, Tavira, Faro, Albufeira.

My final stop on the Algarve was Lagos (pronounced Lah-gohs instead of Lay-gohs in Nigeria). What you’ll love about Lagos is that it has quite a trendy bar & restaurant scene (and by trendy I mean far less party-crazy Brits than Albufeira), but as with Albufeira you’re, also still super close to some incredible beaches.

I stayed in a lovely little studio apartment at Casinha Alegre Rooms which, as their page states, is located right in the heart of Lagos. If you’re on a budget, not too concerned about ocean views & wanting to be walking distance from most of the sites, then it will likely be perfect for your stay too.

This was all just a 5 – 10 min walk away from my front door:

Super pretty, right?

As I mentioned above, Lagos has quite a trendy food scene, so do plan ahead and try to make some reservations. As a solo traveller, I was just winging it, so didn’t get to try all the restaurants on my “want-to-try” list, but I did have a memorable experience at a spot called Barbosa Bar & Kitchen.

Good wine selection, really nice vibe and a tempting selection of tapas, salads, burgers & mains. I tried their padrón peppers & their octopus risotto, and both dishes were very tasty.

Apart from eating & drinking, what else is there to do in Lagos? Well from the harbour you can hop into a fisherman’s boat for a Ponta da Piedade tour. You don’t have to book ahead of time, you can simply walk down the promenade and you’ll find lots of boat companies with boats leaving every 30 to 60min.

The Ponta da Piedade is a group of rock formations along the coastline of Lagos…
For the more adventurous – you can also check out the Ponta da Piedade by kayak…
It’s really impressive to see any way you choose to do it…

Then of course… the best activity in the Algarve: Hitting the beach baby! My favourite beach in Lagos was most definitely Praia de Dona Anna. I mean just look at this piece of ocean-side perfection:

Easy to see why it’s rated as one of the 10 most beautiful beaches in Portugal…

How much time do you need in Lagos? Depends. I spent 2 nights there which I felt was enough for what I wanted to see, but you can easily turn this into a much longer stay to enjoy more beach time. There are also a lot of luxury resorts in the surrounding area if that’s something that may tickle your fancy…

To see lots more photos & videos of Lagos, check out my Instagram accountctmylove.  I created story highlights for each city that I visited during my trip last year which you’ll find on my profile.  Scroll through these and select the one called “Lagos”.

Next stop: Coimbra!



Megan Rank Sep 12, 2019 - 7:40 am

This makes me want to book a plane ticket!

Karisa Sep 14, 2019 - 10:29 am

Portugal is so beautiful & also affordable when compared to other European countries. You should definitely book that ticket 🙂


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