1. Costal Walks – This was our favourite day of all in the Algarve, the costal walks that surround Lagos are remarkable. The hike was light intensity and perfect for beginners, there were a couple of steep bits and the track was overgrown with plants in some areas. It’s not suitable for people who have difficulty walking or for bike and pushchairs. At a very leisurely pace, stopping for photos and sandwiches, the hike took us about 3 and a half hours.
I’ve sketched a rough map below, but once you get to the starting point there is no way you can get lost, it’s one single track. We started west and travelled east and didn’t see a single person until about 2 hours into the trek. The closer we got to Lagos centre it began to get a bit crowded. (Especially at Ponta da Piedade.)
2. City Walls – They are surprisingly well preserved, it will take most people about an hour to circle the entire old town if you follow the walls. The town square is where most of the events are held, including Saturday morning exersize classes.
We were lucky enough to be in town during the ‘discovering of Lagos’ festival, held once a year on the last weekend in April. It was a medieval themed fair with regular stage shows and huge food market.
3. Go to the Beach – There are so many beautiful beaches surrounding Lagos, if you’re staying close to the old town then head up the coastal patch in search for a deserted section that will be your own private little beach for the day. If you’re willing to swim, (or just wade in up to the knees) then you can find some completely isolated places.
The beaches at Praia Dona Ana and Praia do Camilo are the most popular, the latter has a tunnel through the rocks to another cluster of tiny beaches, and we were lucky enough to get one of these to ourselves for a full morning.
If you’re on the other side of the river, the beach there is long and white, its surfers paradise and reminds me of a beach in Australia. Its miles long so it never feels busy or crowded.
4. Take a boat/kayak trip – the whole marina area is lined with stalls belonging to different companies trying to sell you a boat or kayak trip to the grottos. Ask for prices from a few different vendors before agreeing on a trip. From the water you will see a totally different perspective of the shore line.
Don’t forget to pack your waterproof camera.
5. Hire a Bike – Inside the city isn’t very bike friendly, its cobbled streets and busy. However, once you get outside the city walls there is plenty to explore on by bike. We hired bikes in the old town, right next to the putting green for €10 each for 5 hours. There is a €50 deposit which you get back when you return the bikes.