The Lagos coast is well known for its rugged beauty and hidden cove beaches and it lived up to that well earned reputation.

CaptureLagos was the first stop on my trip which was a “loop” starting in Lisbon, heading south, then east, north, and then back around to Lisbon.  In between, I visited Lagos, Monsaraz, Evora, Elva, Marvao, Tomar, Castelo Mendo, Castelo Rodrigo, Pinhel, Almeida, Guimares, Bom Jesus do Monte, Porto, Sintra, Obidos, Fatima,  Nazare, Cascais, and Lisbon.  I’ll cover those other locations in other articles, but this one is about the beautiful Lagos coastline.

Upon arriving in Lisbon, I rented a car (a Volkswagen UP) and drove straight to the small efficiency apartment I had rented through AirBnB.  I selected it because of it’s location (near the coast and the lighthouse), it’s price ($114 for three nights – including all fees!), and convenience (small kitchen with refrigerator).  I knew I was not going to be near the center of town and wanted to be able to have breakfast in the room.  This saved me time those first few days as I slept in just a bit to adjust to the time zone change.

First thing I did when I got to the apartment was simply drop everything off and head to the coast.  I was not disappointed.  WOW.  You see photographs and watch videos, but seeing it in person is beyond amazing.  I walked for a bit, climbed some stairs (if you go, you’d better be ready for stairs and hills – living in Houston, I don’t see much of either of those!), and got down to the beach.

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It was getting late and I had scheduled a bike ride the next day (more on that in the next article) so I headed back to my apartment, showered, and totally crashed!