6 Highlights from our trip to Lagos Portugal

6 highlights from our trip to Lagos Portugal. Ideal for first time visitors

6 highlights lagos portugal

I am not usually a last minute person, but when it comes to holidays I seem to make an exception. My most recent last minute holiday was booked at the end of June for a weeks trip to Lagos, Portugal. Like all last minute bookings, it had an element of risk. I frantically googled ‘holiday destinations leaving from Belfast’ and hoped that somewhere with the compulsory sunshine and beaches would be available for the timeframe I selected. 

Portugal had never crossed my mind as a place to visit. Being determined to go away somewhere hot to relax, I was willing to go out on a limb and so, within 10 minutes the flights and hotel apartment were booked. Not at a bad price I might add, especially at such short notice!

6 highlights lagos portugal

The more I looked at Lagos online, the greater my excitement grew for our trip. Still, it wasn’t really until we landed that it became a reality; we were actually on a holiday – the first time in two years! Yippee! Our flight was very early and when we arrived at Faro airport, we had a further two hour bus journey to Lagos. To be honest, it didn’t seem like two hours on the bus, we were just excited to be on our way to the hotel apartment. You know sometimes when you are on holiday and you instantly get that feeling you are going to fall in love with the place? Well that was not at all our feelings on the journey to Lagos! Luckily we had already read online that the bus doesn’t take the most appealing route into Lagos, so although the views weren’t particularly scenic, we still had our fingers crossed that all would be lovely when we eventually arrived. Our hotel apartment was called Aqualuz, situated a mere 10 minutes from the town. We very much enjoyed our stay at the hotel. The only gripe we had was that the bar closed at 10pm, pretty much putting an end to any potential for atmosphere. The bar prices were a tad high too. Luckily, we went self-catering and could saunter out into the town for food and a longed-for drink. 

Our first time trip to Lagos was a wonderful experience. We fell in love with the beaches, the places, the history and the people. I can’t believe it was never on our radar to visit. Whether you want to relax on the beach or learn about the history, Lagos has fantastic places to explore as a couple or a family. Take a peek at my top 6 highlights, ideal for your first trip to Lagos. 

6 highlights lagos portugal

1. The Tukano Tuk Tour Starting off first with the Tukano Tuk Tour! Enjoy a one of a kind trip around Lagos’ historic town and beautiful beaches in an electric powered Tuk Tuk! Highly recommend making this the tour you do on your first day. The driver was excellent at showing us around, stopping to let us take pictures and enjoy the views, as well as recommending the best beaches and places to eat.

6 highlights lagos portugal

The Tuk Tuk seats up to 6 people and prices start at a very reasonable 25 euros for at least 1 hour. 

6 highlights lagos portugal

2. Praia do Porto de Mos beach is one of the most beautiful beaches in Lagos. The cliff edge is gorgeous to look at when walking along the soft sand. We spent the entire day here and it was so relaxing with plenty of space. 

6 highlights lagos portugal
The cold water is perfect to cool off on a very hot day. 

6 highlights lagos portugal

3. The Marina de Lagos is a hub of activity. Down here is where you board for many of the boat tours as well as relaxing with a drink or two. The views of the marina are splendid.

6 highlights lagos portugal

We particularly enjoyed the Oasis cafe! 

6 highlights lagos portugal

4. No Patio restaurant  food in Lagos was definitely a highlight. No Patio has a very romantic setting and the food was divine. In fact it was so delicious that for once I didn’t stop to take the time to snap any pictures! More on the expensive side but well worth every euro.

6 highlights lagos portugal

 Ala Do Castelo was also a fantastic cafe to hit for lunch. Scrumptious fresh fish. Best to reserve a table. 

6 highlights lagos portugal

5. The Grotto Boat Tour on what was the only cloudy day during our stay we decided to go on a boat tour of the caves and it was magical going out to sea and getting up close with the caves. We were able to enter some and looking up through the natural vents is quite an experience!

6 highlights lagos portugal
The locals love naming the natural wonders around them. We learnt all the names given to the caves and many of the rocky landmarks of the coast. It takes a little imagination in some cases, but you really can see why they were named as they have been!

6 highlights lagos portugal

6. The Town centre was about 20 minutes from our apartment and we walked to it pretty much everyday. The centre is buzzing with people and there are plenty of shops for dining and gift shopping. We discovered a great little Italian ice-cream shop called Crema di Gelato that did the best ice-cream! 

6 highlights lagos portugal
Places we want to visit next time include: Meia Praia beach – famous for its huge size and many beach bars! The Garden Restaurant which is right opposite No Patio! Cape Saint Vincent also known as ‘ The End of the World’ – spectator views, especially of the sunset.

6 highlights lagos portugal

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    Cheeta
    August 4, 2016

    Spontaneous adventures are the best! Hopefully you won’t have to leave it 2 years until you go again. The grotto boat tour looked fantastic, that’s right up my street! 🙂

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    Naomi
    August 3, 2016

    I’ve been to Lagos once on a day trip but I wanted to stay longer. Your post makes we wish for this again. Lovely post

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    Jessica
    August 3, 2016

    Really nice pictures, it looks like you had a great experience. After reading this, I really understand how much I need a holiday! Might book something now… 😀

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    Vy Tran
    August 3, 2016

    absolutely lovely pictures! Portugal has always had a special place in my heart, and while I haven’t been to Lagos seeing the traditional pavement brought back some amazing memories.

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    Mimi
    August 3, 2016

    Wow, the photos look good. Definitely adding Portugal to my list of countries to go to one day 🙂

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    Juliette
    August 3, 2016

    Gorgeous photos! Coming from NZ, Portugal is usually not on the top list of destinations for people here as it’s so far away! BUT I have always wanted to go. My sister had a pen-pal from Portugal when she was at school and they have remained good friends – so I have always wanted to visit! It sounds amazing, and those photos just look gorgeous!

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    Kandja Sylla
    August 3, 2016

    This is an amazing and fun trip! Your pictures are all great. The beaches are a must-see place. I’m definitely bookmarking this! Btw, my first stop will be the Grotto boat tour. xx

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    Thirty30Courtney
    August 3, 2016

    I absolutely loveddd Portugal. I had never thought of visiting before I had secured my cheap flight there but I fell in love. So much so that their flag is the background on my phone. I’m glad you enjoyed it as well!

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    Nicole
    August 2, 2016

    Beautiful photos! Portugal is definitely a country I’d love to visit one day.

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    Jolina
    August 2, 2016

    Looks like you guys had a wonderful time! I’m not a last-minute person either and just thinking of booking a last minute trip makes me anxious haha. The boat tour looks like something straight out of the movies!

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