We flew To Lisbon and then took the bus all the way to Lagos (it's a 3 hours drive). We booked our tickets online on rede expressos, a Portuguese bus company. We stayed 3 days in Lagos and then 3 days in sagres and then took the bus back to Lisbon. If I had to do it all over again, I would fly to Faro and then drive through the coast and then fly back from Lisbon. I think it makes better sense and then you get the chance to see much more.
Where to Stay?
In Lagos we stayed at Vivenda Solmar, a very nice and cosy apartments hotel on top of a hill. Each room has a kitchen, and there is a balcony overlooking the beach. The beach is only 5 min walk, but the city centre is a 20min walk. I would definitely recommend this place, because it's very spacious and clean and you have your own kitchen in case you want to make your own food.
Where to eat?
There are plenty of restaurants in the city centre and I cannot mention them all. Most of the restaurants are very famous for their seafood (especially the sea bass and sea bream). My favourite restaurant is called the Garden, it's in the city centre of Lagos. It has a lot of option to choose from, and very fresh food. My choice fell on the fish, and it was absolutely delicious!
Where to swim?
Just like the choice of restaurants, the choice of beaches is also very wide. It is a coast so you can find so many beaches around Lagos. If you are looking for clear water and some beautiful landscape, then you should go to Camilo beach (praia de camilo). It's a very small beach but very nice for bathing.
The city centre of Lagos is very small, but there are few good restaurants, bars, cafés and shops. Take into consideration that the city is filled with tourists during the summer.
Next stop was Sagres, which is a tiny town so there is not much to do. The town is very charming but I would recommend to stay there only 2 days. We stayed at Aparthotel Navigator, and I have mix feelings about it. The price is quite low but the place is not that nice. You pay 60 euros per night for 2 people for a spacious apartment with kitchen, but the place is not that clean and look quite old. It is close to everything and offers a swimming pool as well, but it doesnt own any charm. So if you plan only on sleeping there, then its fine otherwise find another spot.
I'm a vegeterian, and my favorite vegeterian restaurant was in Sagres, it's called Mum's. You need to book a table, because it is always full!
last stop was Lisbon, we took the bus from sagres to Lisbon, I cannot remember how long exactly it took, but around 3 hours. After spending few days by the coast, coming back to Lisbon felt like coming back to a huge city.
Budget Hotel & Budget Living
We stayed at a hostel called Liv'in Lisbon Hostel, very nice place, spacious and clean. The only disadvantage is that is is a shared bathroom. We needed to do it the Vagabond way and limit our budget. Nevertheless the hostel was located in the centre, and was a good choice if you are considering this type of accommodation.
To do while in Lisbon,
- Have diner at Bairro Alto neighbourhood.
- Have a drink or a an evening tea on top of the hill at the Alfama district
- Go to Belem and taste their Pasteis (best dessert ever!)
- enjoy an evening listening to Fado