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The Edge of Europe: Algarve 2008

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An April 2008 trip to Algarve by MagdaDH_AlexH

Praia Dona Ana Photo, Lagos, Portugal More Photos
Quote: We spent 10 days in Lagos in April 2008 - this was the first time ever we have stayed in the same place (town and hotel) for such a length of time. We hired a car, though, and made a few trips in the area.

Lagos

Lagos: how it was for us

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Lagos beaches Photo, Lagos, Portugal
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Lagos is a town on the Algarve coast in Portugal, a big tourist centre renowned for its beaches in rocky coves, historical heritage and fishing, boating and dolphin watching. It is not a terrible, high-rise developed resort like many on the coast near Faro, and it doesn't have streets lined with British pubs and fish and chip shops. It has a permanent population of about 20,000 people but much more if you include visitors as numerous holiday makers arrive to take advantage of the sun and sea in the summer and overall mild weather (you can still get 20C and more even in March or April). Lagos is an old place, with a seagoing past and many connections to the times of Portugal's greatness as ...Read More

Lagos: a short guide and tips

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Lagos Photo, Lagos, Portugal
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Algarve is the prime Portugal holiday destination, and invokes the horror images of concrete-encrusted coast, seaside promenades filled with tipsy, lobster-red Brits trailing screaming children behind them; fish and chips bars and Full English Breakfast cafes. This hellish image is largely an overstatement, and even if occasionally true, applies more to the most developed stretch around Quarteira, Albufeira and towards Portimao. As you move west, the coast becomes less developed and correspondingly more pleasant, although in all fairness it's all very much a tourist land. Algarve gets more visitors than the rest of Portugal combined and you can't avoid them, especially on the coast. ...Read More

Lagos Beaches

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Dona Ana Garden Apartments Photo, Lagos, Portugal
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Lagos is one of the more pleasant towns in the western part of Algarve coast and is surrounded by beaches on both sides. The beaches are excellent, although as it's the Atlantic coast, the water is a bit colder than in the Mediterranean - but also cleaner - and still perfectly suitable for swimming, even in the low season. **To the east, beyond the marina, there is Meia Praia, the biggest Lagos beach; a huge sweep of a white, fine sand with a gently sloping sand, far-stretching shallows and a wonderfully airy, open aspect. It can get quite windy, with sand being blown about and into the eyes, but it's a great family beach nevertheless, and as it's so large, it will have enough ...Read More

Dona Ana Garden Apartments

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Hotel | "Garden Condo"

Dona Ana Garden Apartments Photo, Lagos, Portugal
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Dona Ana Garden is a small complex of holiday apartments located on the outskirts of Lagos, about 15 minutes walk from the town centre, 10 minutes walk from one of the most picturesque beaches in Lagos (Praia Dona Ana). We had an apartment that consisted of a bedroom, bathroom, large living area with an open plan kitchen/diner and a small balcony. The bedroom contained a double bed and a large cupboard, the main living space had a double sofa (which would make two beds as the bottom pulled out), armchairs and a coffee table as well as a dining table and four chairs. We had a 6 year old and a 1.5 year old with us and were provided with a large travel cot for the toddler. ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 23, 2009

Dona Ana Garden Apartments
Praia Dona Ana
Lagos, Portugal
+351 282-770150

Around Lagos

Lagos Zoo

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Attraction | "Lovely Little Zoo"

Lagos Zoo Photo, Lagos, Portugal
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Lagos Zoo is not actually located in Lagos or even on its outskirts, but near the inland village of Barao de Sao Joao, about 15km north-west of Lagos. You probably need a car to get there, but if you have one, it's a good day out, and well worth a trip, especially if you have children with you. Despite a large sculpture of a gorilla at the entrance, Lagos Zoo has no apes, but the biggest attraction of the zoo is its large collection of primates: lemurs, but particularly monkeys including Gibbons (common pale ones as well as black Siamang variety), Capuchins, Squirrel Monkeys and so on. The mild, subtropical climate of Portugal seems more suited to animals coming from warm regions and the m...Read More

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Lagos Zoo
Quinta Figueirasm, Sitio de Medronhal, Barao de S. Joao
Lagos, Portugal
+351 282 680 100

Fortress at Sagres

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Attraction | "Sagres Fortress and Promontory"

Fortress at Sagres Photo, Algarve, Portugal
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The Sagres fortress is located at the tip of Sagres Promontory, a headland near to the south-western tip of Portugal, 3km from Cape St Vincent, and on the outskirts of the small town of Sagres. The name of the promontory derives from Latin Promontory Sacrum and the whole region had religious significance in ancient times. Sagres offers the last safe harbour for ships starting the voyage beyond Cape St. Vincent (both Belixe Bay, between Sagres Point and the Cape, or Sagres Bay, to the east of Sagres Promontory, offer such shelter). Sagres is historically connected to the maritime tradition and the Portuguese Age of Discoveries. The Infante Henrique, known as Prince...Read More

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Fortress at Sagres
The Algarve Coast
Algarve, Algarve

Cabo Sao Vincente

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Attraction | "Edge of Europe"

Cabo de Sao Vincente Photo, Algarve, Portugal
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Cabo de Sao Vincente (Cape St Vincent) is the southwesternmost point in Portugal and as close to the very end of the continental landmass of Eurasia as you get (though technically, The cliffs rise nearly vertically from the Atlantic to a height of 75 meters and are a major landmark for ships travelling into the Mediterranean. The cape is thus topped by a lighthouse, marking one of the busiest shipping lanes in the world. The lighthouse is among the most powerful in Europe and its light can be seen from over 50 km away. The headland was treated as a mystical and mythical land by the Romans and they believed that the huge sun sank hissing into the waters beyond it; even before t...Read More

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