We were adamant that part of our Portugal and Spain trip include some time at the beach. A tip from a friend led us to the coast of the Algarve in Portugal. We stayed in Lagos, which is on the far western end of the southern coast. We took an easy 4-hour bus ride from Lisbon and settled in for some sun and relaxation.
We spent the vast majority of our time on Praia de Camilo, which happened to be the easiest beach to access from our Airbnb. I had seen pictures of the beach and others before our stay, but it’s really a different thing to watch it come into view as you make your way down the (very long) staircase.
Since we beat the August rush, the beaches were busy but not so crowded we couldn’t find a spot. We didn’t spend much time in the city of Lagos other than a half day for lunch and poking around, and we cooked most of our meals since our apartment came with a balcony that we wanted to enjoy. We did do some hiking along the coast, and the views were worth enduring the intense sun.
I don’t have much else to say about this area except that it’s stunning and you should go. Please enjoy some of my favorite photos from the trip, which I tried really hard to narrow down to a manageable amount from roughly 350.