As the rain batters off the windows in another dull day in Scotland, I’m wishing I was back on one of Lagos’s sandy beaches enjoying the sun. Lagos is situated on the south of Portugal and is approximately 90km west of Faro airport so the journey takes about an hour.
We flew with Jet2, who I have to say were amazing to fly with. The crew were quick to board everyone at Glasgow airport ensuring we got to take off on time. The staff were friendly and attentive on board and had representatives throughout Faro airport to direct you to the bus that would take you to your destination.
Where I stayed
I stayed at the Tivoli Hotel, which is very central to the town and just a couple of streets back from the marina. The hotel offers bed and breakfast or half board options. We had chosen to go for bed and breakfast and each morning the hotel provided a fresh and well stocked breakfast buffet. As a vegetarian there was plenty of choice for myself and I’m sure that other guests managed to find something they like too. Every day there was a selection of fresh fruit, yoghurts, croissants, cheese and cooked breakfast options including eggs, sausages and bacon. The staff in the hotel were all lovely, friendly and very attentive. The hotel has a poolside bar where you can get drinks and snacks to enjoy under an umbrella shaded table. The hotel also has a gym and a spa, which I unfortunately didn’t get the chance to check out, since I was only there for a weekend I wanted to get out and see as much as I could.
Places to see
Meia Praia – This beach is perfect for having a lazy day, enjoying the sun whilst doing a little reading and watching anyone doing water sports. There is plenty of space as the beach’s golden sand stretches for about three kilometres so you don’t feel like you’re sitting right next to other people.
The cliffs – If you walk along the cliffs you can see lots little beaches in between the cliffs. You could get down to these but we continued to walk along the top until we got to Praia de Porto Mós.
Boat trips – There were lots of boat trips on offer, taking you out to the ocean with the chance to see dolphins and other marine life. I think next time I go back I’ll go on one of the many kayak trips that were available as it would let you see the some of the cliffs and beaches you can’t get to on foot.
Places to eat and drink
Goji Lounge Café – We found this trendy little café bar by chance as we were wondering around the town looking for somewhere to eat. The café has lots of vegetarian options and some vegan options too. I’d highly recommend trying the hummus and pitta bread, it’s the best hummus that I’ve tried and you can tell it’s been freshly made. The sangria is also amazing too!
Don Sebastião Restaurante – This restaurant get busy very quickly so I would recommend booking to avoid disappointment. The food here is amazing so it’s easy to see why it fills up quickly. We were brought some small dishes to start one was chorizo which was on fire, which looked really cool although sadly not veggie. I opted for the tofu with soya sauce, rice and vegetables which was lovely and my mum said she would highly recommend the chicken in a pottery pot.
The Orangery Bar and Grill -The Orangery offers a relaxing place to have a meal and a drink. I would highly recommend trying on of the cocktails; my favourite would have to be the cosmopolitan.
Madness – I found Madness to be great for a light dinner with views overlooking the marina. As it’s a little further round from the main section it’s quite quiet.
I really enjoyed my time in Lagos and I think next time I’ll go back for longer than a weekend. I think next time I would plan to stay in Lagos for a few more days before heading off to check out some of the other beautiful towns and cities that Portugal has to offer.
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