Spending 3 weeks in Portugal had opened my eyes to such a beautiful city filled with beautiful people and stunning views. In this trip to Lagos I had explored many tiny cities with Lagos and have narrowed them down for you. Many people often visit the capital city of Portugal without making a trip to the Algarve Read on and find out ways to get lost in Lagos.
Getting to Lagos from South Africa
- 3 hour flight from South Africa to Angola with a 3 hour layover.
- 7 hour flight from Angola to Lisbon.
- 4 hour bus ride from Lisbon to Lagos
The airline that was used was TAAG. For a student, there were definitely the cheaper option, and with a 3 hour layover, it wasn’t at all bad. TAAG took us all the way to Portugal and the seats and leg room was pretty standard airplane size. Im 5’3 so my legs had enough room but anyone taller than maybe 5″6 would have a slight issue.
All in all, Portugal involves a lot of walking in the old towns, up and down some hills and sometimes on a plateau (if you’re lucky). The thing I enjoyed the most is that even though I was eating my weight in ice-cream, pastel da natas and chicken, I couldn’t help but not feel bad due to taking 20 000 steps in different little towns.
Here is a list of different little towns that you visit, eat and explore:
Cities to visit on a trip to the Algarve:
Lagos is a beautiful little old town filled with vibrant people and cute little stores located in every corner, a beach with killer views and cool caves. Getting lost in this city was an absolute beauty as the roads were decorated with colourful houses and mosaic streets. There are so many cute little stores that you can visit that have the signature bird and many cork shops. There is panini window shop and a cute ice scream shop that I visited frequently.
In the beginning of the month there are Farmers Markets at the Bus Station. This where local farmers come with their produce and sell. There are of course market stalls of all different kinds of food and dessert.
A fun activity to do here is the paddle boarding, and kayaking. This way you can visit the caves explore some parts of Lagos you wouldn’t be able to on foot.
Although a cheap little train stop of 3 euros, we clearly underestimated the size and distance it would take to get to the beach from the train station. A little over 20 000 step trip we found out how far exactly it is and learned that hills make the journey just a little harder.
Faro is quite a cute city. It had lots of churches to see and could easily be explored by those that don’t have a lot of time but want a little history to take with them. This little town had a lot to offer but was very close by and although we devoted a whole day to see what Faro had to offer we had already done so in an 2 hours or so. There are many cathedrals and churches that can be discovered and toured. An interesting one was a cathedral we saw that was made from bones. Legend has it the cemeteries were getting too full.
The trip to the Algarve is a beautiful place in which you can spend a lot of the time by the ocean and enjoying the summer sun. Make sure to visit a few beaches and remember your sunblock.