With only having limited time in the Schengen area in Europe (90 days for Australians), we moved through many countries fairly quickly so that we could see as much as we possibly could. In saying that, we decided to spend 6 days in Lagos, Portugal (the longest time we spent in a country, apart from our tours) and it proved to be one of the best decisions we made! We had seen lots of photos and had other travellers recommend it to us but we definitely had to see it for ourselves! It actually kind of reminded me of home, the amazing blue water, lovely sand, chilled out vibe, good nightlife and heaps of fun activities to do, we absolutely loved it! And taking a break to actually relax from our normal busy travelling schedule made it even better!
Walking from the town along the coast will lead you to the end of the headland and to these incredible rock caves and cliffs. An awesome view from above that just makes you want to get down there and jump in the water!
If you want to get in and around the caves you can hire a boat tour that gets you up close and personal. They are skilled drivers that take you within centimeters of the impressive rock formations. We hired a kayak instead of the boat tour so we could be more in control of where we went, and we did not regret it! We were able to get right into some of these awesome caves you can see below and take it at our own pace and stop wherever we wanted (like the private beach below). You can either do it in a tour, or if you’re lucky they may let you take them on your own, which is what we managed to score! Sunrise is also the best time for photography not only because the beautiful sun rises over the water, but you will most likely have the whole beach to yourself! In our opinion it’s the prime time!
During our self guided kayak tour, we found a secluded little stretch of sand amongst the cliffs. We took a packed lunch and sat down here to enjoy it with this beautiful view. Not a bad spot for lunch if you ask me!
This cave, this photo, this is exactly what made us want to visit Lagos so much. We had to see this place for ourselves. It’s actually about an hour away from Lagos at a place called Benagil. We had to take two buses to get here but it was definitely worth it. Normally you have to take boat tours to get to the cave, but the weather and waves were too rough for them to operate. This left us with only one choice, we had to swim through the rough seas to get here, and the locals thought we were mad.
Even among the crowds the beaches are pristine and beautiful. Set yourself down with a towel, some food and drinks and enjoy the day in the sun.
See https://nowgogetlost.com/2015/10/20/our-last-taste-of-summer-lagos-portugal/ for tips and video footage of our time here!
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