Lazy in Lagos

July 25, 2009 at 6:52 pm Leave a comment

(Algarve Coast, south coast region of Portugal)

Lagos was described to me as a black hole: People who come here keep trying to leave, but never seem to be able to. Pam and I managed just fine though, however it was very tempting to stay for good.

The shiny uneven stones in the street were everywhere here, just like they were in Lisbon. Lagos is in fact quite big, but we only saw (lived, beached, ate, drank and danced) the ‘old town’ (a very small corner of the whole city) and glistening Marina. So for me, Lagos will always be the pretty, romantic and very lazy beachside trap with low buildings, crumbling churches with peeling paint, young travellers, sleepy days and rowdy nights.

Observations:

  • This is the first place I’ve been to where I feel like I’m ignoring the historical and cultural significance of everything around me, and am just cruising along eating/drinking/dancing/beaching – then again, it’s the same with like every traveller here (and possibly even also the locals)
  • The water is freezing!

Pam, Jeff (who we met on the bus) and I set out along the coast just West of Lagos old town, to discover the famous cliffs and beaches of the Algarve Coast. The paths were windy and sandy, surrounded by dry spiky brush and hugging steep drops down sandstone cliffs into azure seas.  You could navigate your way up paths to nowhere (but amazing vistas) and climb down to hidden coves and beaches. It was a substantial trek out to the Western point – good to get some exercise and soak up those views! 

 

All the scenic photos are Pam’s (I didn’t take my camera).  Legend, thanks Pam!

Algarve Coast West of Lagos - gorgeous coves and sandstone cliffs

Algarve Coast West of Lagos – gorgeous coves and sandstone cliffs

Posing with the view

Posing with the view

The beach where we chilled for some time - freezing water!

The beach where we chilled for some time – freezing water!

Nights were full of al fresco dining, happy (and then drunken) revellers, dancing like no one was watching, and being lured to an out of the way bar by a bubbly adorable Pommy staff member with a natural flair for marketing – this was his 2nd season in Lagos, working at a bar, drinking/beaching all the time, and living in some old decadent mansion for only 10 Euro a night.  He made me want to stay!

Al fresco dining

Al fresco dining

No idea - I found the horse hilarious at the time though! Reflectors!

No idea – I found the horse hilarious at the time though! Reflectors!

The next day Pam and I had originally planned to head East to Tavira (another coastal town), but decided our time was better spent relaxing on another long flat sandy strip of beach.

Flat sandy strip of beach where we spent our 2nd day

Flat sandy strip of beach where we spent our 2nd day

Jeff's hilarious sunburn

Jeff’s hilarious sunburn

Lazy in Lagos indeed!

Xox

Ange

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