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48 Hours of Bliss in Lagos, Portugal

 

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{Praia Dona Ana Beach}

Knowing full well that our time in Lisbon would be filled to the brim with activity (you can read about that here and here if you’d like), Justin and I intentionally planned a do absolutely nothing portion of our trip – which I will most certainly be sure to schedule into each and every vacation going forward. Enter: Lagos. Just a short train ride away from Lisbon, it’s a tiny, little beach town in the Algarve, and it gave us absolutely everything we needed in every sense of the word. 

Admittedly, I found the Algarve a little more touristy (read: more expensive, and a little less soulful) than Lisbon, but the beach scene more than made up for it – hands down.  I would happily make my way back there any day of the week for the beaches alone.  

Lagos is a tiny little town, and while we were equipped with one solid day before catching our next flight, I’m not sure you’d need much more than that unless you’re a real beach goer, in which case this place is for you. Our mission was simple: pure and utter relaxation. We did a whole lot of nothing apart from devouring ice cream and plunking ourselves on said beach, but I did include a quick list at the bottom of this post so you can check out where we stayed, the beaches we visited, the ice cream we tested, and the seafood we ingested before our next destination. If you ever need to stop and hit the reset button, Lagos is your gal.
Streets of Lagos, Portugal

{the streets of lagos}

Old doors Pink buildings in Lagos Portugal beach

{pure bliss}

Lagos, Portugal beach lagos portugal

{the view from my beach towel}

Lagos, Portugal Old door in Portugal

{portugal, man}

Streets of Lagos Patio

{the Garden restauratn}

Streets of Lagos Streets of Lagos

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WHERE WE STAYED:

Baluarte da Vila Apartments: 
the location was amazing – walking distance to everything from restaurants, to the core,
to the beach and beyond. The rooms weren’t anything to write home about,
but they had a really lovely, quiet, pool which was perfect post-beach

WHERE WE ATE:

Casinha do Petisco:
get the cataplana – it’s life changing

Gelateria Crema di Gelato:
Arguably the best gelato in Lagos
The Garden:
which, honestly, I don’t recommend. We were starving at a strange time
of day and it was one of the only places open with decent reviews.
The atmosphere is beautiful, but it’s definitely a tourist trap

WHAT WE SAW:

Praia Dona Ana:
a stunning, but busier, stretch of beach

Praia do Camilo:
a slightly quieter, and even more stunning stretch of beach

WHAT WE MISSED (AND WILL GO BACK FOR):

I’m now kicking myself for not doing the kayak tour of the cave,
but we desperately just needed to do nothing.
The photos look amazing and I’ve heard it’s
a wonderful experience so we’ll definitely be back for this one. 

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IN CASE YOU’RE INTERESTED:

my guide to Lisbon

my guide to Sintra

and all of my travel guides can be found riiiiight here

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  • Kristie
    September 1, 2017 at 2:32 pm

    Gorgeous photos! Love the different views. These would be great framed.

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  • Peg Allegretto
    September 6, 2017 at 9:16 am

    Beauty full!! <3

  • Elise
    September 6, 2017 at 2:08 pm

    This looks so beautiful!! These pictures are such a dream, l am really wanting to go on a vacation!!
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