Lagos and the Algarve
Trip Start Jun 10, 2007
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After finding our accommodations in the maze of winding cobblestone streets, we checked out the beaches and beautiful little coves all along the waterfront. We hung out watching the sun set before we headed for some dinner. The food here is wonderful, it isn't Portuguese, but it is fabulous
The next beautiful morning we headed back to the waterfront to soak up some sun in the quaint little coves only steps from the town. After as much vitamin D as we could absorb, we left to visit "the most beautiful spot in the Algarve". The Ponta da Piedade is only a few kilometres out of Lagos and is filled with cliffs and grottos that provide the most stunning views stretching for almost the whole length of southern Portugal (see pictures and video).
After the trek back, we headed out for more incredible food. This time it was Indian and just as fabulous as the Thai from the night before.
The next day the weather was once again glorious. We decided to take advantage of it and head to the end of the world...well sort of. Back in the day when it was thought that the earth was flat, this was the most southwestern point in the then "world" - before the discovery of the new world of course. Anyway, Sagres is the name of the place. It is also where famed mariners such as Vasco da Gama and Magellan apprenticed. The experience of standing there was surprisingly emotional and breathtakingly beautiful. The pictures are great, but they don't do it justice. We imagined the sun setting in dramatic fashion, dropping off the face of the earth only to emerge on the other side the next morning. The cliff is a sheer rock face - where you can understand why people thought that the earth stopped there. Our favourite moment so far without question.
There were more sights to see there, but we thought that spot couldn't get any better, so we went back to Lagos. We went to the main beach to enjoy a daquiri and awe at the fine white sand that stretches for miles - not bad at all.
Off to Faro!