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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