Our Algarve expertise staying in Olhão had been simply superior. The peace of town, our pretty resort with the riverfront only a two minutes stroll, the Ria Formosa Natural Park boat tour, the refreshing Twin Market go to and a few nice meals. And add to that our day journey exploring Western Algarve. However there was nonetheless extra. We have been now heading for two Days in Lagos, Portugal.
Lagos is without doubt one of the most visited cities within the Algarve and Portugal. It’s due to its tourist-friendly seashores, the colourful metropolis heart, the bars, the eating places and a few pretty motels. Throughout the summer season you’ll be able to look ahead to some nice nightlife and events. Furthermore the unimaginable rock formations like those that you simply expertise in Ponta da Piedade, you’ve gotten a vacation lower out for journey as effectively.
We began early from our resort in Olhão after hiring a cab, which is the quickest solution to attain. The 97 kms took us nearly an hour. After all there are different transport choices you could avail of. Buses & trains can be found at common intervals and which can take you slightly greater than two hours to achieve. We have been quickly at our resort Tivoli Lagos Algarve Resort within the metropolis heart. Since we had reached a lot sooner than our check-in time, we dumped our baggage on the reception and went out to discover town heart.
First Day in Lagos
The Metropolis Heart
Lagos is a small metropolis and you may just about stroll all over the place. Town heart is sculpted with conventional structure and colours from the area. Come let’s expertise.
Time for Lunch
You will have some actual good eating places throughout and since we have been feeling hungry after a beautiful stroll, we determined to have our lunch. It needed to be a small chew since we had heaps to do in the course of the day and evening. Therefore we selected some burgers. From one of the best on the town at Nah Nah Bah Cafe Lounge.
Lagos is known for being a historic heart of the Portuguese Age of Discovery, residence of Henry the Navigator, its shipyard and was at one time the middle of the European slave commerce. For the vacationers like us, it’s additionally the pristine seashores.
The closest seaside to town heart is Praia da Dona Ana seaside, lower than two kms away. It is without doubt one of the most picturesque seashores in Algarve. You might take a relaxed stroll which might take round 20 minutes. However we most popular the ‘A onda bus, Linha 2 Blue Line’ from the Metropolis Heart and reached very quickly to spend an hour there..
Praia da Dona Ana Seashore
The identify Dona Ana got here from a nun referred to as Ana. She lived in a convent in Lagos. Throughout World Conflict I, troopers invaded the convent and murdered all of the nuns, apart from D. Ana. She had entry to a tunnel between the convent and the seaside, by way of which she fled and survived. Years later, the seaside was named after her.
It was then time to move again to our resort to check-in, take a look at the place and put together for an superior night forward
Tivoli Lagos Algarve Resort
Tivoli Lagos is a resort that includes spa services and a courtyard with swimming pool. Located in between stunning golden seashores, cliffs and glorious golf programs. Additionally with a privileged central location within the charming city of Lagos, it’s a 5 minutes stroll from the historic centre and marina. Furthermore the resort’s personal seaside membership, on Meia Praia, is a couple of minutes away by free shuttle. Therefore we deliberate to spend our night there on the membership and their personal seaside. Come let’s check-in and take a look at our room and the services.
Duna Seashore Membership
The Duna seaside membership is a non-public property of Tivoli Lagos. It’s set on 7 km of seaside, has a big swimming pool with sunbathing space and a cocktail bar. It additionally affords a wide range of water sports activities, together with kite browsing and water snowboarding. Subsequently we determined to spend there some cool relaxed moments on our first night in Lagos. Come let’s head to the Membership utilizing the complimentary drop from the resort.
The Second Day
Getting set for the day
Tivali Lagos has a fantastic room service and breakfast will be served in your room if you want. Even in any other case they supply fairly a good-looking quantity of fruits, bread rolls, tea, espresso and juices to begin your day. We spend some relaxed moments having fun with the early morning, freshened up and went all the way down to the Lacóbriga Restaurant for an American breakfast.
Though Lagos is a small metropolis, we had employed a cab so zip round and expertise extra. A onda buses are an possibility however we didn’t want to go away it to likelihood because the frequency of the buses are usually not too good, as I had discovered whereas researching earlier than the journey.
And there we go..
Church of Saint Anthony
The Church of St. Anthony or Igreja de Santo Antonio is a Baroque masterpiece of gilded woodwork contained in the Municipal Museum in Lagos. It’s a pleasant place to spend a while appreciating the structure and historical past behind this landmark.
Fort of Ponta da Bandeira
Positioned on the level the place the Bensafrim River meets the Atlantic Ocean, the Lagos Fort had a place of nice strategic significance. Being near the partitions of town however with easy accessibility to the ocean, it might defend each entry to the quays alongside the banks of the river and the south-eastern and jap sides of the partitions. On the time of its development it was thought of probably the most superior within the Algarve area.
Parque Zoologico de Lagos
With greater than 140 animal and 200 botanical species from 5 continents ready for you, the Lagos Zoo is a good place for a day trip with your loved ones. Positioned in a small city close to Lagos, referred to as Barão de São João, it took us 20 minutes to achieve from Saint Anthony Church. When you find yourself in Lagos, you have to not miss out on visiting this excellent vacation spot. For hen & animal lovers its actually a paradise. Come I’ll present you why.
Few Hen species
From prime left clockwise: Emu, Helmeted Curassow, Crested Guinea Fowl, Golden Pheasant, Temminick’s Trapogan, Ocelated Turkey.
Right here too from prime left clockwise: Black Bellied Whistling Duck, Pink Breasted Goose, Black Swan, Wooden Duck, Baikal Teal, Lesser Flamingo.
From prime left clockwise: American Flamingo, Victoria Topped Pigeon, Gray Crowed Crane, Spectacled Owl, Roseate Spoonbill, Scarlet Ibis.
From prime left clockwise: King Vulture, Wrinkled Hornbill, Chattering Lory, Bali Mayna, Salmon Crested Cockatoo, Navy Macaw.
Some Reptile species
Clockwise from prime left: Pink Eared Slider, Leopard Tostoise, Inexperienced Iguana, African Dwarf Crocodile, Ball Python
And a few Mammal species
Clockwise from prime left: Pink-ruffed Lemur, Ocelot, Bobcat, Angora Goat, Meerkat.
These are just some species of Birds, Reptiles & Mammals that you simply get to see contained in the Zoo. Likewise there are lots of extra species you could witness when there. Nevertheless you might want to preserve a full day apart to have the ability to try this. Additionally there are animal feedings at specified occasions which you’ll be able to witness at a value. Subsequently be ready for an superior time on the Zoo with your loved ones.
The doorway ticket costs to the Zoo of Lagos are as follows:
- Adults: € 18
- Youngsters (4-11 years): € 14
- Seniors (> 65 years): € 16
- Child and toddlers (0-Three years): free
It was Lunch Time
Presumably halfway after having spent a while on the Zoo, there may be this pretty restaurant there the place you’ll be able to have some mouthwatering meals for which it’s famend. We visited the place after ending going across the Zoo and earlier than shifting on to discover extra of Lagos.
O CANgALHO restaurante
We have been again to town heart, this time to expertise the adventures of being in Lagos. The rock formations in and round are simply fascinating. And the easiest way to see them are on the boats.
Extremely rated for his or her professionalism I had booked tickets on-line prematurely with Blue Fleet Boat Journeys & Excursions. For the 2 journeys we might be taking now. The beginning factors for each are at Marina de Lagos, town heart waterfont.
Algar de Benagil
It’s a two hours journey to probably the most well-known secret of Europe, the “Algar de Benagil” or “Benagil Caves”. We journey on one of many quick RIB boats and takes about 20/25 minutes to cowl the 11 nautical miles (about 20 km) that separate Lagos from Benagil. As well as, we get to see another spots, grottos and rock formations of the coast round Benagil. This grotto boasts a few of the most unusual and spectacular pure lighting results created as the daylight enters by way of the caves orifices and bounces off the water’s floor. Come let’s benefit from the views. It’s actually a magical expertise!
Ponta da Piedade
Ponta da Piedade is a headland with a bunch of rock formations alongside the shoreline of the city of Lagos and is solely probably the most extraordinary locations within the Algarve. Consisting of yellow-golden cliff-like rocks as much as 20 meters excessive, they’re probably the most well-known touristic points of interest of Portugal.
Rocks carved by the wind and tides for 1000’s of years have shaped these caves and tunnels in an extremely stunning spot. Furthermore the ocean right here may be very clear which along with the ravishing cliffs makes the panorama a real surprise of nature. Include us to expertise all that on this one hour and fifteen minutes journey.
For Climbing & Non-public Journeys to ‘Ponta da Piedade’
For mountaineering fanatics, it is usually doable to stroll from the centre of Lagos to ‘Ponta da Piedade’. The trail is about 2.5 km lengthy and takes 40 to 45 minutes. This pretty and secure path will even provide the alternative to spend time at Batata Seashore, Dona Ana Seashore and Camilo Seashore. Nevertheless do use your mountaineering boots.
There are two good eating places round in ‘Ponta de Piedade’. First is the restaurant & bar, Sol Nascente with a privileged view over Ponta da Piedade. It’s a really pleasant institution well-known for its fish menu. That is additionally a fantastic place to take pleasure in a beer or a glass of wine whereas watching the solar set behind the cliffs. Additionally 650 meters away on Praia do Camilo, yow will discover this restaurant ‘O Camilo’ with a wide ranging view of the ocean. It solely sells fish dishes & shellfish.
We have been again to our resort to clean up, grow to be our casuals, relaxation some time after which we set off once more. To expertise Lagos Metropolis Heart by evening.
Attending to Lagos
The closest airport is Faro, situated roughly 90 km or 50 miles from Lagos. The quickest solution to attain is to rent a taxi which might take an hour or so and would price you round € 90. A cheap means is to take a shared switch from the airport at about € 30 per individual. It takes about 1.5 hours relying on the stops. All-time low most cost-effective could be public transportation which requires 2 modes, bus & prepare and takes about 2.5 to three hours for about € 22 per individual.
Lagos. It was an ideal solution to finish our Portugal vacation. Beautiful climate all by way of, the solar, the sand, the ocean, nature, historical past, structure, birds, animals and a few fascinating views of rock formations and caves whereas on a ship. And a beautiful resort, and their equally good seaside membership and a few great meals on each days. Our vacation couldn’t have been higher. Come over to expertise this fascinating sea facet vacation spot in Portugal.
In the event you cherished this journey to Lagos, PIN it for planning your journey later!