‘It was the morning swims, the run to the water, the sunset cliff walks and the moments in our charming cozy villa. The refreshing icy cold water replacing the morning coffee. Kisses from the sun whilst it bronzed my skin so beautifully. The ocean sparkling. The shells, the prettiest most interesting shells. The serenity, the bliss.’
The ocean was calling, calling to quiet and calm my body, mind and spirit after spending a few days of non stop, can’t stop, exploring around Lisbon. So, we travelled south to the seaside town of Lagos on the picturesque Algarve coast, checked into our adorable ‘Cozy Villa’ (honestly the best place we could’ve possibly stayed that really made this trip what it was) and gave ourselves that all important down time. Lagos seemed the perfect place to do this, the perfect place to get comfortable, prepare our own food, take that afternoon siesta, turn some of our energy inwards and feel the benefits of nowhere to be and nowhere to go. We chose Lagos because of those wow-oh-wow beaches and that, they really were. I could’ve walked for hours along those incredible cliffs just taking it all in; the overflowing cacti, the incredible rock formations. The mornings at Praia dos Estudantes (the beach with the beautiful bridge) were a personal highlight, a surprisingly more quiet beach than that of Praia do Camilo, before 10am you see barely any other souls insight and not too many more in the afternoon either (see our favourite places in the area below). We really did please ourselves with all of life’s simplicities here and oh did it feel so wonderful. An area I will no doubt return to, only next time exploring so much more.
The Cozy Villa @ Quinta Da Ameijeira – The cutest holiday home one could ever ask for and after much searching I can honestly say, to anyone with similar taste to me, this is the perfect place to base yourself in Lagos. Full of charm and an easy enough walk to the beaches and the town.
Estudio Vegetariano – Delicia, delicia. So happy we stumbled across this place when we first arrived in Lagos, serving up plenty of plants and healthy dishes in a traditional Portuguese setting. The candles and flowers on the table, the old frames on the walls, wonderful service and atmosphere. Although we did most of our cooking at home whilst here, it was a must to eat at this place twice.
Lagos Stairs Playa – This is usually where we would start our sunset stroll, a high walk way with some really incredible views. Walking along to the busier Praia Dona Ana and seeing it from above.
Ponta da Piedade – The famous spot, where you can also take the boat for a further insight to the grottos. It gets really busy here around 10am so, if possible, go that little bit earlier for a more pleasant experience (and the best light). From here it’s really lovely to walk back along the cliffs, stop all the cacti and a few hidden beaches at the bottom of the cliffs. We walked to Praia do Camilo, another lovely beach, just a little more on the busy side.
Praia dos Estudantes – My absolute favourite!!! To the right of the main beach, reached from the stairs, there is a little tunnel through the cliffs leading you to the beach I’m talking about. The quieter beach with the beautiful bridge. As soon as we discovered this place, here we would come. Empty early on in the morning and still quiet in the afternoon, ideal for a relaxing bathe.
I believe there is still much more to see in this area, the Benagil Caves are reachable by boat, there are wineries, countryside and the towns we drove through looked just as delightful. For us, what we did was perfect to relax (as we had so much more in the week ahead – think madness in Morocco) and I knew for sure that we would be returning to Portugal some day, with so much more time to explore. The to do, to see list for this country seems to be ever going as I will be ever dreaming about returning.