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Discovery of the Week: Lagos’ Beaches, Portugal

This post is part of a weekly feature called Discovery of the Week. By discovery, I mean a place, a custom or dish that is not widely known. See, I love to read travel magazines, websites and books. Very often, I find beautiful and interesting gems that not a lot of people seem to know about. That is why I thought about introducing this feature because I am sure it will expose a lot of astonishing places. Additionally, I enjoy learning about the many amazing places in the world. I believe my readers also enjoy this activity.

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Discovery of the Week: Beaches around Lagos

Where it is located: Region of Algarve, in southern Portugal

What it is: Incredible turquoise water beaches surrounded by karst cliffs.

We have all seen pictures of the gorgeous beaches of the Algarve region.  The area can be described as a fantasy of rusty cliffs, capricious rock formations, stunning natural arches and water in stunning shades of blue and green. With a coast full of seemingly endless options, it may be difficult to choose a base.  Fear not my friends, Lagos has some of the best beaches in the region (and they are close to one another which allow fashionable beach hopping).

The town of Lagos is one of the main hubs of the area because of its well planned tourist infrastructure.  Visitors boast about the close to town beaches, delicious food and elegant restaurants.  However, if you want to be wowed by beauty, visit some of the more “inaccessible” beaches in the area.  You will need to go up and down hundreds of steps but the rewards are worthwhile.

Here are my favorite beaches around town:

Praia da Dona Ana (Dona Ana Beach)

Embraced by cliffs, which offer shelter from any sea breezes and the magnificent rock formations offer a fabulous sight from the beach.

Prai da Dona Ana (Dona Ana Beach), Lagos, Algarve, Portugal

 

Prai da Dona Ana (Dona Ana Beach), Lagos, Algarve, Portugal

 

Prai da Dona Ana (Dona Ana Beach), Lagos, Algarve, Portugal

 

Praia do Camilo (Camilo Beach)

The view over the beach from the top is breathtaking and if you can make it down all the steps you will not be disappointed! Picturesque cliffs embrace the little beach and the rock formations are magnificent. It is a wonderfully sheltered bay for swimming and is an ideal choice of beach for a breezy day.

Prai do Camilo, (Camilo Beach), Lagos, Algarve, Portugal

 

Prai do Camilo, (Camilo Beach), Lagos, Algarve, Portugal

 

Prai do Camilo, (Camilo Beach), Lagos, Algarve, Portugal

 

Ponta da Piedade (Mercy Point)

People gather on the cliffs to watch the sun set behind Sagres – it really is a sight not to miss and all this before exploring the amazing caves underneath the cliffs on one of the many boat trips.

 Ponta da Piedade, (Mercy Point), Lagos, Algarve, Portugal

 

Ponta da Piedade, (Mercy Point), Lagos, Algarve, Portugal

 

Ponta da Piedade, (Mercy Point), Lagos, Algarve, Portugal

 

 Did you know about these beaches?

Photo Credits: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9

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