22nd November – 24th November
To be honest, having spent the past few days on the south western coast where everything was so beautiful, I really didn’t expect much from Lagos. I had heard that it was a bit of a party town and that this part of the Algarve is incredibly touristy (the most popular tourist destination in Portugal, and high on the list for Europe overall). So, I thought it was probably going to be somewhat overrated and overdeveloped. Well, I was wrong.. Yes, there are the big hotels scattered along the coastline, but you really didn’t have to go far to escape them. And when you did, it was incredible. I think having got here out of peak season meant that we got to see it at its best, without the hordes of people. I may not have been so fond of it when the population more than triples over summer.
Lagos itself was a nice town, with plenty of restaurants and bars in the old town area. It was also right in the midst of a coastline scattered with limestone caves and grottos. Praia Dona Ana, often regarded as one of Portugal’s best beaches, lies just a few minutes from Lagos. The cliffs and jagged rocks jutting out of the clear blue water is just incredible.
The next day we decided to make our way to the most south-western tip of Europe, Cape Saint Vincent. The cliffs are at their highest along this stretch of the coast, and reminded a tad bit of the Great Australian Bight.
We made our way back along the coast through the coastal town of Luz, and eventually to Praia da Marinha. This beach was yet another example of the dramatic coastline of this region, with its large limestone cliffs and caves. There are several large sinkholes in the area where water has seeped through the limestone and eventually eroded big cavities that connect to the sea below.