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Algarve - the province of Portugal is famous for its resorts. It is the southernmost part of Portugal, located on the Atlantic coast. It is quite convenient to move by bus and train. Railway tracks are laid almost all along the coast. The capital of the Algarve is Faro. The most popular and convenient resorts for recreation – Faro, Tavira, Albufeira, Alvor, Sagres and Lagos. I had a chance to relax in Lagos-an old picturesque town surrounded by sand dunes, beautiful beaches and bays.



Vacation in Portugal

Staying at hotel Vilabranca. I booked an apartment quite spacious, 68 sqm, designed for a family of 2-3 people, the price is 40 euros/night. There is a kitchen, a furnished balcony. On the territory of all sorts of entertainment and 4 swimming pools. Near markets and supermarket. It offers a free Shuttle service to Porto de Mos beach and the city centre.

All the main beaches and coves are within a 15-20 minute walk from the hotel. You can choose a new direction every day. For some reason, there is not want to plan any excursions or sightseeing. I just want to enjoy the proximity of the ocean and beautiful scenery. Even if we can't swim in the ocean. The ocean is quite unpredictable, the water can be very cold even in summer, and can be warm. Here as will carry. That's why the pools on the territory of our apart-hotel are very useful. The nearest beach to our hotel is do Porto de Mos beach. It is quite spacious and equipped with everything necessary. De Dona Ana beach is also very popular. But all the beaches are almost deserted until 11 o'clock. And by lunch, the tide is starting. Here, right on the beach, there are several cozy restaurants and bars. There is an opportunity to enjoy the sunset, sitting with a glass of wine.From this beach you can walk to the lighthouse at Cape Ponta da Piedade. You can walk along the highway, enjoying the beautiful views of the ocean and the Bay. Beautiful paths lead to panoramic sites. Dress comfortably, a headdress, water and, of course, a camera are required. Those who are not very fond of walking can reach the lighthouse on a tourist train from the historic center of the city. Not far from the lighthouse there is a ladder on which you can go down to the water. You can also book a boat trip along the coastal cliffs. After all, many bays and grottoes can be seen only from the ocean. I do not advise to buy a tour in advance, it is better on the day of the walk, when the ocean is calm. Since even with a little water excitement, captain bot has the right not to go to some of the grottoes. And we need to see everything. Schedule and prices on the website Bondia.comOn the West coast are more wild and harsh beaches-Castellejo and Cordoama. Their prefer lovers surfing and kite surfing. The beaches of Batata and Solaria are close to the city centre. Batata beach is small and cozy. It is protected by rocks from the wind and big waves. The tide is almost completely filled with water. It is connected by a passage in the rock to the nearby beach. At high tide, this transition is also filled with water. Solaria beach is more spacious. There are sun beds, umbrellas and rental. To the East of Lagos, Meia Praia beach stretches almost 4 km. Here you can find a snack, you can enjoy water sports. From here you can also go for a boat trip or a boat.Very picturesque beach do Camilo. The descent and then climb the stairs in 216 steps. Therefore, it is usually not very crowded. If you are traveling with children, visit the science Museum in Lagos. They will be interested to see all kinds of models of yachts, boats, submarines and pirate ships. Ticket for adults 3 euros, family ticket costs 6-9 euros. Also in the city there is a water Park where you can swim with dolphins, and a small zoo. Be sure to go to Cape San Vicente (Cabo de San Vicente). It is 35 km from Lagos. Twice a day there is a bus, the schedule and prices can be viewed at Oh? But if you want to see the sunset, it is better to book a car, gathering a company of 5-7 people. The cost of the trip there and back race on scenic grounds — 100-120 euros at all. Or you can buy a tour for 18 euros. They say the experience is unforgettable. Cape San Vicente lighthouse is one of the most powerful in Europe. Light from it is visible for 60 km.

The city of Lagos itself is very cozy, with narrow streets, ancient churches and a beautiful promenade. After the earthquake and tsunami of 1775, there are few historical buildings left in the city. But something survived: the restored walls of the 16th century, the castle of the Governor of the 17th century. From the attractions you can see the Church of St. Sebastian, the chapel of St. John the Baptist. In the historic centre is the Church of San Antonio with beautiful interior. Also inside is an ethnographic Museum, entrance 3 euros.And not far from the Church is the city market. There you can buy fresh fruits and vegetables, as well as fresh fish and seafood. Upon request, they'll clean it, will just have to cook. Food prices in supermarkets almost like in Russia: something cheaper, something more expensive. In the city at every step restaurants and street cafes. Especially a lot of them on the streets adjacent to the waterfront. Since the city is a tourist and small, to find a restaurant where the locals eat, it is almost impossible. Prices are about the same everywhere. Lunch or dinner will cost you 25-30 euros for two. You can choose the menu of the day for 10 euros. It includes a meat or fish dish with garnish, tea and coffee and a glass of sangria. Many restaurants and bars on the main tourist street of the city — April 25. At the end of this street there is an interesting place (the building is red in the photo) with a roof terrace.If you plan to relax in this city a week or two, then rent a car. You can go to the nearby towns and beaches, which are not reached by public transport.



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