Are you are looking for an interesting Easter breakaway holiday? Fun experiences and fantastic weather? Then one great place to be is Lagos and its surrounding parishes in the Algarve. By making Lagos your destination of choice during the Easter break, you will have multiple opportunities to truly enjoy yourself … be it because you want to be alone to recharge your batteries and appreciate nature, be it a romantic getaway with your partner, or just to have fun filled days with your children, family and friends
If you have not driven here, you have the option to rent a car, rent a bike or bicycle, catch a taxi, make use of Lagos public transport “The Onda” or just walk around to where you want to go. (Unless you can get someone to volunteer to carry you). After checking into your accommodation venue and having had a good nights sleep, you may decide to stroll through the Avenida dos Descobrimentos, the centre of the town - the historical centre - or any of its surrounding areas.
If you are looking for more than just sea and sun, we strongly recommend that you include Bensafrim, Barão de São João, Odiáxere and Luz in your travels.
You could start your visit early in the morning by paying Praia de Porto de Mós a visit. Walk on the beach, watch the waves, pick up some interesting stones (the flat oval ones that you or your children can turn into a memento of your trip by writing the place, area and date on it), look for interesting shells, watch the people, and before departing have coffee or a light snack at Antonio’s Restaurant on the beach front.
From there we recommend that you visit Ponta da Piedade, just make sure that you have your camera with you. Walk across the cliff top, but be careful where you go.
If you love nature, you will have the opportunity to see many flora specimens (No, you can’t take samples with you, but you can and should take loads of pictures). Once you finish there, take your time to get back to Lagos, stop at Praia do Camilo, it has beautiful clear water and one can see right to the bottom of the ocean.
If you want a tan, or just want to feel the sand on your body, or the seawater in your feet, you have beaches that let’s you do just that. In fact you have about four beaches in very close proximity of each other nearby.
Now that it is getting closer to lunchtime, you have various choices of eateries in Lagos, and after you finished your lunch, from 15h00 in the Lagos town centre, there are loads of shops to visit, or you can just walk through the cobbled streets and explore what is on offer.
Being Easter, you will also see various Easter religious expositions in some of the streets or in the plazas. You could use this opportunity to also visit the museums and churches located in the centre of the town.
If you into sports, you can always play a round of golf at one of the great golf courses surrounding Lagos, and if you need to kit out for a special game, do pop in to Sophie’s Golf Shop in Odiáxere. If you are interested in darts, whether you are a professional, just play for fun or just want to watch, there is normally a darts competition being held in Lagos in the April.
If you are interested in nature then you must visit Barão de São João, there you have two very interesting places to see - the Zoo de Lagos and the Forest (A Mata Barão de São João).
While there in April you will also have an opportunity to see the “Feira do Folar” a typical Easter tradition. Then, when hunger sets in for you and your party, you must pay a visit to Restaurant Cangalho next to the Zoo, or Restaurant Florestal if you are going into the forest. On the way, take a drive through the side roads around Bensafrim and pay a visit to the “Barragem da Bravura” a man-made dam, nestled in the valleys and with exceptional good views.
If you decide to go out of Lagos on N125 towards Portimão, you can find another scenic route towards the Barragem da Bravura and enjoy the country views around Odiáxere.
You can visit any of the many restaurants that are in town or you go for a pub-crawl. Alternatively you can stroll in the main “Avenida” and just enjoy the lights spread across the horizon.
All in all, as you can see, it will be a definitely interesting experience for you and your loved ones to spend time in Lagos, its surrounding areas and its parishes.