Getting around Lagos, Portugal

The most visited city in Portugal is a true gem for tourists. The unique beaches with the insane views and crystal clear ocean waters, make it one of the best summer destinations.

Lagos beaches have been voted as the most beautiful ones in the world and among the ones you should definitely visit at least once in your lifetime.

 

Why visit Lagos?

The Algarve city is a must for tourists and the most popular destination in Portugal, especially in the summer. Why would someone miss these beautiful and breathtaking beaches? They have been formed naturally and the view is stunning from every point.

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How to get to Lagos?

The nearest airport to get to Lagos is 90 km away in Faro. You can get to Lagos by taxi, which is not recommended since it can cost up to 100 euros or more. The best options are to take the train or bus from Faro city.

To get from the airport to Faro city, you get buses 14 and 16 (If the bus displays “Praia de Faro”, it is heading straight to the beach and not the city centre). You will be in the city in about 15 minutes.

Adresses

Faro Train Station: Largo da Estação, 8000-133 Faro, Portugal

Faro Bus Station: Proximo, Av. da República 126, 8000-078 Faro, Portugal

You can book your tickets online or take them from the two stations. What you have to know is that if you book them online 8 days before you can get them cheaper.

The train departs daily at 07:00, 08:22, 16:00 and 17:56. So, if these times do not work for you, you can always choose to travel by bus. If the two sites show you no departures, you can always visit them at their booking offices.

Official Sites to book your tickets

Trains: https://www.cp.pt

Buses: https://www.rede-expressos.pt

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Beaches you have to visit

  1. Praia do Pinhao
  2. Praia Dona Ana
  3. Camilo Beach
  4. Meia Praia

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What to do

  1. Ponta da Piedade
  2. Lagos Zoo
  3. Caves boat trips (Benagil Caves)
  4. Go around in the city centre
  5. Drink Gin Sul

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What about the food?

Anywhere you eat in Lagos you will be pleased. There are many options regarding your preference in cuisines. Just make sure to try Pastel de Nata; a traditional and delicious pastry. Casa do Prego and Tasca Jota were a bit pricey but it was definitely worth it.

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Things you need to know

1. There is no public transportation. But taxis are extremely affordable.

2. The ocean is freezing. It is almost impossible to put all of your body inside.

3. Be prepared for a lot of walking.

4. Always be aware of pickpockets.

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Porto in a day

Besides being the second largest Portuguese city, Porto´s history and sights are World Heritage sites. Even though Porto has not always been a very popular destination, in the last years since it won the award for Best European Destination in 2012, 2014 and 2017, the city is a must for tourists.

When visiting Portugal, it would be great if you could find the time to visit Porto. One day is enough for those who have limited days on their trip. The city is truly beautiful and you fall in love with it instantly.

 

Liberdade Square

In the centre of Porto, you will find this square, full of restaurants and cafes. 2 minutes from the Sao Bento station, makes it a great spot to pass by on your way to other sights. Usually, when a big event happens in the city, it will take place right there.

 

Livraria Lello

This famous Portuguese bookstore, also known as Livraria Lello, is one of the oldest bookstores in Europe and one of the top bookstores in the world. The admission fee for entering is 5 euros, but if you purchase a book, it will be reducted from the final price.  It is definitely well worth the wait to get in, especially if you are a book lover.

What makes it even more special for the Harry Potter fans, is that the library in the Hogwarts Castle was inspired on the Lello bookstore since J.K Rowling lived in Porto when she was writing the first book of Harry Potter.

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Porto Cathedral

The cathedral is standing tall in the centre of Porto. Being one of the most famous sights in Porto, it gathers visitors all day long. By going to the top, you can enjoy some amazing views and with a fee of 3 euros, you can get into the side building.

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Palácio de Bolsa

Known for its beautiful architecture, the Stock exchange Palace of Porto is an amazingly preserved building full of history and a World Heritage Site. From the inside, the sight is simply stunning and will make you feel like you take all its history in.

You can pick tours based on your prefered language throughout the day. The highlight of your visit would definitely be the Arab themed room.

 

Cais da Ribeira

Ribeira spreads along the Douro river and is a stunning square full of life, with shops, restaurants and local goods.  It is a very touristy area, but on the bright side, you will be greatly entertained by all the street artists.

When you are there make sure to try the Francesinha, a local dish that is more or less a toast with different types of meats, like steak, sausage and ham. It is usually topped with an egg and a spicy sauce made with beer and tomato, which is poured over melted cheese.

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Ponte de Dom Luis I

The city´s iconic sight is perfect for photographers since it can give you the best views of the city. A cable car (Funicular dos Guindais) will be ready to take you to the top of the 172-meter long bridge.

The sight is filled with tons of people on a daily basis, that enjoy the views and the street performances. Around you will find many cafes and restaurants with fresh and delicious seafood.

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Wine Quay Bar

If you want to try the local wine with a view, then go to the Wine Quay Bar. It is located on the Ribeira Square and it is open from Monday to Saturday (16:00 – 23:00). The view is amazing, especially during the night. The service is great and so are the options of cheeses and meats to go with your wine.

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5 Affordable Michelin restaurants in Paris

When in Paris, besides embracing the beautiful vibe of the city, you also need to explore the cuisine. There is no better destination to make your palate explode. with unique flavours.

Of course, gourmet food, especially Michelin restaurants are usually out of touch for most. However, in Paris, you can find some of the most affordable ones.

Keep in mind that it might take a while to make a reservation in all of them. It would be best if you book 3 weeks before.

 

1. Auguste

Gaël Orieux, the chef that loves the sea and creates unique flavours yet simple. The menu is created depending on the season so that all produce is fresh.

You can either order separate dishes for a price of approximately 50 euros per dish or try the menus. The most affordable menu starts at a price of 37 euros per person, the next is 88 euros per person and the last one 154 euros per person.

If the price seems to be too much, it really is not. With 37 euros you get the unique opportunity to taste some incredibly delicious dishes and introduce yourself to the wonders of gourmet cuisine.

 

2. L’Agapé

The 34-year-old Yoshitaka Takayanagi has created a sublime menu. Dishes can be ordered separately or as a menu, with the least expensive being a 4-course menu at the price of 52 euros per person.

The presentation and taste of each dish fully represents the chef and his identity. The excellent service, the flavorful food and the beautiful decor will sure make this experience special and one you will remember.

 

3. Septime

One of the most popular Michelin restaurants in Paris. In 2012, Chef Bertrand Grébaut opened Septime and since then, each season he cooks stunning and delicious menus.

The lunch tasting is a 4-course menu with the main course of your choice for a price of 42 euros per person, while the dinner menu is a 7-course menu for 80 euros.

The chef´s delicate and dynamic cooking is reflected in each dish, bringing French modern cuisine to another level.

 

4. Les Fables de La Fontaine

The first impression you get when you enter Les Fables de La Fontaine is that it is a very stylish and with character restaurant. More than that, it is currently one of the most famous places to eat seafood and fish.

The truly low prices, make it an accessible and affordable restaurant to many. David Bottreau, the restaurant´s chef, has created a sensational lunch menu at the price of 28 euros per person.

If you want to explore the menu explode your palate with incredible flavours, then you can also try more dishes from the menu, since the prices are more than reasonable.

 

5. Saturne table.cave

If you value simplicity yet good quality, then Saturne is the place for you. Chef Sven Chartier and sommelier Ewen Le Moigne have created an amazing lunch and dinner menu with interesting wine pairings.

The 3-course lunch costs 45 euros per person and the 6-course dinner 85 euros. The menu is made with organic products and natural wines. The element of surprise and excitement is hidden in the fact that you do not know the menu beforehand. But that is not a problem. Presentation and taste are always impeccable.

 

 

How to use public transportation in Budapest

Getting around Budapest is very easy and cheap. If you are not within a walking distance of sights or the centre (which is highly unlikely), you can use the city´s transport services.

Currently, Budapest has 3 Metro lines, yellow trams, buses, trolleys, trains and taxis. Be aware than transportation ends around 23.00. There are some night lines, but they do not come very often.

 

Means of transportation

The main transportation means in Budapest are metro, trains, buses and trolleys. Each one has a different colour so you will not get confused.

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Tickets

You can purchase your tickets at any ticket vending machine, street stands and newsstands. You must always validate your ticket at the ticket-punching machines before travelling.

Single Ticket – 350 HUF (1,10€) *

Transfer Ticket – 530 HUF (1,70€) *

24-hour ticket – 1650 HUF (5,30€)

3-Day Travel Card – 4150 HUF (13,30€)

7-Day Travel Card – 4950 HUF (15,90€)

Block of 10 Tickets – 3000 HUF (9,60€) **

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IMPORTANT

* Single tickets are used for one way-trips without connections. If you want to make a connection (ex. metro and then bus), you have to use the transfer ticket. For example, you take the metro for 2 stops and then a bus for 3 stops. In that case, you have to get a transfer ticket, instead of a single one, so you can use both means of transportation.  When you have to change between 2 metros, the single ticket is enough. However, if you change two buses, you will need a transfer ticket. 

** You need to have all 10 tickets with you at all times, even you have already validated them. Keep them all together, until you have validated all 10.

 

Taxis

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Taxis are extremely cheap and the best choice at night, when the rest of transportation means are not operating.

Basic Fare: 450 HUF (1,45€)

Price/min: 70 HUF (0,23€)

Price/km: 280 HUF (0,90€)

 

Citytaxi: (+36-1) 211-1111
Főtaxi: (+36-1) 222-2222 – the officially appointed taxi company to service the airport
Budataxi: (+36-1) 233-3333
Tele5 taxi: (+36-1) 355-5555
Rádiótaxi: (+36-1) 377-7777

 

Exploring Santorini: Fira & Oia

Santorini is by far one of the most magical islands in Europe, with thousands of tourists visiting every summer. What makes this Greek island so special, are the majestic views, the insanely delicious food and the perfect combination of blue and white.

Santorini can be easily explored within 3 days and most of its villages are worth visiting. If you are limited in days, you can skip the Akrotiri, Emporeio and Kamari.

 

Fira

Fira is the capital of Santorini and is located almost in the middle of the island. It is the place to be for a night out, filled with bars, nightclubs and restaurants.

During the day you can find numerous cafeterias with great views. As for the evenings, it is one of the perfect locations to admire the sunrise.

 

Oia

Ohhh Oia!!! There is no place like Oia!! I fell in love with its beauty. I was simply captivated. Oia is the place you MUST visit while in Santorini. Be sure to visit it both during the day and afternoon.

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Oia is known for all the luxury hotels and restaurants. You will find a few cheap choices, but mostly you should come here for expensive dining. Anywhere you go for a drink or dinner, you will certainly have one of the best views. The hotels around are all resorts with private pools and jacuzzis and the prices for about 7 days are more than 3000 euros.

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What is special about Oia is the characteristic white and blue everywhere. White houses, hotels and shops, combined with the blue of the sea and sky. A perfect combination that can hypnotize you.

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Oia is by far the best place for a photographer. During the day you can embrace the white, while during the night, you can emphasize on the nightlife.

The perfect time to visit is around 5 or 6 in the evening. You have plenty of time to see everything, and still be there for the sunset at 8 o’clock. Around 6 people will start gathering from all parts of Santorini, to see the enchanting sunset. At 8:15 it is almost impossible to leave since there are hundreds of people struggling to get out.

What makes this sunset so special, that makes people visit Santorini from all over the world? Truly, it is breathtaking. Being Greek, I have seen a lot of beautiful sunsets in my life. No sunset can take my breath. But this one did.  Now, I understand why it is so special to the foreigners.

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5 minutes before the sunrise, hundreds of people just stop moving and talking. There is so much quiet and everyone is looking at the sky in awe. Just a few magical minutes, where you see the sun falling in the water and creating a breathtaking view. Yes, it is a pretty sunrise, but I have seen many. However, I have never felt such peace and calmness.