I’m trying to get up to date on the blog with our trip so far – thus the more frequent posts! Hopefully I’m not bombarding you all. I’m not sure what our wifi will be like for the remainder of the trip, so I’ll post as much as I can before we head to Italy. Be warned you might not hear a lot from us from the end of this week until we get back to London on June 23rd!
So, on 25th of May after four days in Lisbon, we all jumped on an early morning (6.20am zzzzzz) bus and headed to Lagos.
Lagos is quite a small town (only the fifth largest) along the Algarve Coast and is most famous for its picture-perfect beaches, caves and grottoes (as well as its party-every-night atmosphere). We were all in need of some R&R after Lisbon, so were looking forward to some downtime chilling out at the beach.
The beaches did not disappoint, in particular the main attractions – Ponta da Piedade and Praia do Camilo. Ponta da Piedade loosely translates to Piety’s Point and is a massive group of rock formations that create grottoes and caves along the cliff side right at the point of the coast. We wandered along the top of the point and then climbed down closer to the grottoes as well. There were boats, paddleboarders, snorkellers, divers and kayakers dotted among the grottoes below. It was definitely a tourist destination as both the clifftops and waters were packed with people. Tour buses take people from central Lagos to the point – but it was only a 30 minute walk from our Airbnb and you pass by lots of other small beaches along the way (which breaks up the walk a lot) so I recommend talking the extra time to head there on foot if you’re close enough.
After snapping 100+ photos we walked back toward home and down into Praia do Camilo (Camilo Beach). I’m so glad we did. Business Insider and Teletext Holiday both named this beach as one of the best in the world last year and I could instantly see why. Reachable only by a steep set of stairs, Praia do Camilo consists of two very small beaches connected by an artificial tunnel through the cliff. The water was crystal clear and both beaches were packed. I actually managed to get some amazing photos, but they still don’t do it justice! We lazed around for a while, soaking up the sunshine until we could muster the effort to trek home.
We headed on a boat/kayak tour of the same area another day, which was awesome as we got to revisit the beaches we had been to but experience them from the water below. Our guide took us through little caves (we had to duck) and we paddled in and around the beaches for about 45 minutes. I am quite the expert kayaker now – just ask Jeremy. The only downside was the weather – it was overcast and a little windy but it was still an amazing experience and I’d recommend going on a kayak tour if you find yourself in Lagos. There are a tonne of different boat tours available and it’s a little overwhelming – so pick one with kayaks if you can.
We happened to walk past a mini-golf course one day so headed back there on our second-to-last morning. Say hello to the highest scoring female of the day (photo to prove it below).
Lagos also brought us some amazing food – an epic Mexican feast and the best mojito I have ever had, courtesy of The Green Room. Highly recommend checking them out if you love Mexican like me! Nat read a blog that said something along the lines of ”most days in Lagos start with a hangover”. I can confirm that on one morning, this was a very accurate description of our time there.