Lagos you sneaky son of a bitch. I knew your coast line would be stunning but my god, every essence of your being took my breath away.
Your people are so generous and kind. Like Benta, our Air Bnb host, who before showing us our accommodation took us into her home, fed us home baking and welcomed us with open arms. She did not speak one word of English but we still managed to communicate using gestures. Your alleyways which reward the explorer's curiosity, with each turn a new gem is discovered. Your food - wow. Being on the Algarve Coast means the seafood is fresh and cooked with passion. I have never eaten so ravenously in my life. Your beaches or praia's I should say are some of the best in the world. Sea kayaking around them was breathtaking and the caves were phenomenal. Snorkeling in the blue waters face to face with the fish blew my mind. Wading knee deep into the sea to climb through a cave where the destination is unknown and being rewarded with multiple private beaches while the sun sets in the distance. These will forever be some of my favourite memories.
Lagos is full of charm and character. We flew in to Faro, the Algarve Coast's main airport and from there we were straight on the train to Lagos. The train passed through rural villages with people working in the fields and getting around by horse and cart. Arriving in Lagos early afternoon, we wandered the neighbourhood in search of our accommodation. Once we found it we were instantly impressed. Like I mentioned our host was incredible. Not speaking a word of English, she greeted me with a kiss on each cheek and a smile on her face. This was the first thing I noticed about Portuguese people - they are so affectionate and I loved that. When Benta walked us into our room we could not believe it. She was casual and unassuming as she walked us out to the balcony off the room that looked over the entire town. She then gestured for us to follow her through the house and up some stairs. These stairs led to a sun kissed rooftop covered in loungers, umbrellas and a view of Meia Praia, Portugal's longest beach stretching over 4kms. We were in heaven.
After meeting Benta we headed straight to the beach. After seven months living in Scotland's grey hue this girl needed some sun. Our afternoon was spent sipping Super Bock's on the warm sand, admiring the confidence of topless sunbathers. It was soon 4pm and time for our sea kayak tour. The tour was three hours long and consisted of about 40 people from all over the world. If you ever get the chance to go to Lagos, a sea kayak tour is a must do. You see the intricate details of the rocks up close, pass through caves into gorgeous untouched grotto's and swim at secluded beaches unobtainable to others. The tour also includes snorkeling which I had never done before. It took a while to get used to the breathing technique but once I had it sussed I was off! I was face to face with all kinds of fish and having the time of my life. This bliss was soon taken from me when I came up from the water and was greeted by an Australian girl asking 'is it worth getting my hair wet?'
Our second and last day in Lagos we hired a scooter and zoomed along the coast to the most southern point in Portugal - Sagres. To get to Sagres we first had to get out of the tiny streets of Lagos and onto the highway. This proved difficult. Will is confident on all two wheel devices so when I saw him dart to the side abruptly I got a fright. I soon realised what the issue was. As i looked down, there was a dog, barking with anger and baring it's teeth. This dog was chasing us ready to take a bite out of my juicy calf. Luckily Will was able to make a quick turn to get rid of the dog - my hero! A scene straight out of the movies.
We took the scenic route to Sagres, passing through quaint villages, seeing horse and carts with dogs along for the ride. Once we got there we had traditional Portuguese food on the sand and then swam (half an hour later of course) in the surprisingly ice cold water.
Lagos you really took my breath away. In our short time together you wooed me and won my heart.
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