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Portugal's Algarve Region

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An April 2001 trip to Algarve by Re Carroll

Praia de Rocha Photo, Algarve, Portugal More Photos
Quote: Long sandy beaches with rock formations carved over time by the wind and water can be found all over Portugal's south coast. This is one of the most touristed areas in Portugal but worth a visit for its natural beauty.

Portugal's Algarve Region

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Overview

Lagos Photo, Algarve, Portugal
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I spent my time in Lagos in the western part of the Algarve and used it to do day trips. Lagos used to be an important seafaring town but now, as in most of the Algarve, tourism is what fuels the economy. I stayed in the old part of Lagos which is a maze of narrow, curving streets filled with old houses, shops and restaurants. Parts of the old town walls still remain as does an old fort that has been turned into a museum. Lagos has a lovely modern waterfront promenade that starts at the marina and ends at the old fort. Planted along the promenade are fragrant trees and there are lots of benches to sit and watch the water. Also along the promenade are lots of stands offering different b...Read More

Pousada de Juventude Lagos

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Hotel

Pousada de Juventude Lagos Photo, Algarve, Portugal
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I read that this hostel was considered resort like so I expected ultra modern and rather ritzy. In fact, it was a standard hostel - very basic accommodation at an extremely cheap price.It's in the old part of Lagos, about a 15 minute walk from the bus or train station. It's on a quiet little street, close to Iglesia (Church) de San Antonio which I used as a landmark to find my way back through the maze of narrow, twisty lanes and streets. At night, the bell tower was lit up and it was easy to spot.The hostel is a two storey building - reception, eating area, members kitchen and mens' rooms are on the main floor and the womens' rooms are upstairs. Just off the eating area is a large, open...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on May 21, 2001

Pousada de Juventude Lagos
Rua Lancarote de Freitas 50
Algarve, Portugal
282 761 970

Caravela

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Restaurant

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This restaurant is located on one of the main streets in the old section of Lagos. The street is lined with shops and restaurants so is a popular place with tourists and at night there is a kind of street party atmosphere. No vehicles are allowed and many restaurants have tables set up in the middle of the street so patrons can enjoy the warm Algarve weather. Caravela looks like it suffers from an identity crisis. It appears to be modeled after ye olde soda fountain or a neighborhood pizza parlor with cane style metal chairs and red checkered tablecloths. The interior is small with about eight tables but most people dine at one of the many outside tables. The cuisine is an eclectic...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on May 21, 2001

Caravela
Rua 25 de Abril 10
Lagos, Portugal
(282) 762-683

O Terraco

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Restaurant

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What I first noticed about this restaurant was a cat on the roof that meowed to get attention and then disappeared along the back of the building. Quite a unique advertising strategy but it intrigued me enough to stop here for dinner one night. This family run restaurant has a real homey feel - lots of green plants, sunny murals on the walls and an outside rear patio on the second floor. The small bar on the main floor has a limited selection but I did try vinho verde, a Portuguese specialty. Also called green or new wine, it is made and bottled without the usual amount of aging. I found it light and slightly bitter - worth a try but not enough to make me switch from the full bodied reds ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on May 21, 2001

O Terraco
Rua Lancarote de Freitas 12
Algarve, Portugal
(282) 767-234

Praia de Rocha

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Attraction

Praia de Rocha Photo, Algarve, Portugal
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This very long sandy beach is touted as being one of the nicest in the Algarve and is about 30 minutes away from Lagos by car or bus. It is a gorgeous expanse of golden sand but it is also extremely commercialized with hotels, apartments and souvenir shops everywhere and more in the process of being built. I'd highly recommend two hotels that I checked out during my visit. Both are on the main street that overlooks the beach. Hotel Algarve-Casino, like its name suggests, has a casino that opens from 4 pm until the wee hours. Most of the large bedrooms in the hotel feature a tiled balcony that faces the beach and the bathrooms are fully tiled. Each room has a private safe, mini bar a...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 21, 2001

Praia de Rocha
2 miles southeast of Portimao
Algarve, Portugal

Monchique

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Attraction

Monchique Photo, Algarve, Portugal
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Even sun and sand can get a bit boring so I decided on a day trip to the small hill town of Monchique, about 1/2 hour north of Portimao. The town is set amid rolling green hills with terraced farms and beautiful views. It's the kind of place where locals sit in the square by the bus stop and visit with each other for hours. Those looking for something more strenuous can climb to an abandoned monastery at the top of the hill. The monastery is now going to ruin and can't be accessed but the view from the top over town is stunning. The Monchique Mother Church is about halfway between the town square and the monastery. It was built in the 16th century but was badly damaged in the 1...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on May 21, 2001

Monchique
about 1/2 hour north of Portimao
Algarve, Portugal

Algarve Dining

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Dining anywhere in the Algarve is a real treat. Most of the restaurants have similar menus with seafood being prevalent. Places I didn't get a chance to try but are definitely worth a visit on my next trip include: * Os Arcos, on Rua 25 de Abril in Lagos features a window display of prawns that are the size of small lobsters. * Cervejaria Dos Irmaos is a very inexpensive place to eat and filled with lots of locals. House wines by the glass start at 100$ (about .50) and meals start at about 1000$ ($5.). It is across the street from Santa Maria Church. Gelato lovers will find no shortage of outlets and no shortage of flavors. Some of my favorites were tiramisu, rum and passion fruit and mango. ...Read More