Category Archives: Lagos, Portugal

Hope to see you again, Lagos.

Our 10 day stay in Lagos is over.  It’s been nice, but it’s nice to move on, too!  The windy and cooler weather (until the last days!) kind of kept us from wandering too far.  Dave is repeatedly in awe of the information and free tools/software applications available on the Internet, and he spent a goodly amount of time ‘learning’.  Saturday we’ll be taking the train, with 2 changes, to Evora, which is east and a little south of Lisbon.  We’re in Evora for 3 nights, then on to Lisbon for a longer stay.  Since we’ve never been to Spain or Portugal before, planning how long to stay in any town (and what towns to visit, for that matter) is kind of a crap shoot backed by a little research.  If Evora has more for us to see than 2 full days allows, it’ll be an easy additional day trip from Lisbon.

The following images will give you a better idea of what Lagos and surrounds looks like.


Above is a photo of a photo, with our hiking trails in the foreground and town, with river running through it, in the background. Note the beach at the upper right.

IMG_2722Looking up river along the promenade.  There are two marinas and a large boat yard further up and on the right.


Ah, the sandy beaches!  This is west of the river mouth.  On the east side, the sand stretches uninterrupted all the way to Portimao. IMG_2737

A popular pastime with a bazillion places to chose from.


Coming down our very steep street toward the river.

Portuguese dogs learn early to wait patiently for their masters, who spend a lot of time socializing.

Sweet little local ride.


A day trip to Portimao, 15Km to the east, found us looking at a water bottle igloo.


Inside of local Portimao restaurant where we had lunch.  The beautiful tiles are common.   Though we haven’t eaten out much at all – maybe 3 times here in Lagos – a common thread has been a heavy hand with the salt.


Be well – Laura

Arty apartment


Our apartment here in Lagos (pronounced la-goosh, accent on the 2nd syllable) is at street level, with the owner living upstairs.  Carmelita is a retired architect who now dabbles in art, tends her beautiful garden/yard, and is a wonderful hostess, even having us up for a glass of wine & snacks in her garden.  She was born in this house, as was her father, and she is the 5th generation to occupy it.  We have a little private, enclosed courtyard past the door on the left.  Our front door is on the right.


This is the mirror mounted on her front wall to help drivers’ visibility to the people, dogs, and cars coming around the corner. You’re looking at what we see out our front door – minus the 2 goofballs.

IMG_2683Our little street does get local traffic, but not so much that a dog can’t take curl up and take a nap.





I took these photos when we first arrived to give you a look at Carmelita’s art work, but also to know where ‘things’ were when we arrived.  Often we rearrange things, tucking away the knicky-knacky and fragile items, lest we break something!  All will go back to it’s proper place before we leave -Laura

Lagos coast walk

The weather hasn’t been great since we arrived – a bit of rain every day and in the mid 50’s.  With today forecast to be the sunniest day for a while,  we took to the pavement and followed a walking path along the costal cliffs.  A lovely and at times dramatic walk.


Yup – Dave way ahead 🙂


Note the crazy fella top side!

IMG_2652There are many beaches scattered in amongst the cliffs, and their sand looks gorgeous.

Light house and a café at the point.


Local art

The trend towards using buildings and walls as canvas continues here in Lagos.  A nice way to showcase some talent.




Lots going on in this one, though not sure how it’s all connected. Note the hydro at far right.


IMG_2670My favorite  🙂  Laura





New additions to the main plaza in Lagos’s  old town (walled city).  Haven’t deciphered the Portugees to figure it out – art installation /promotion/other.  Maybe just using up some scrap fabrics.  In addition to trees and trash bins, several benches (unoccupied) sported these garments.   Some free-spirited crafters in Tacoma’s 6th Ave District have done similar crochet-work, covering bike racks, light posts and trees  -Laura



Bennett, I miss you and trust all is well in Tacoma.  Today I met  your 3rd cousin, 58 times removed – Papillion Pepé from Portugal.


I figure you’re related as he displayed the same cheerfulness and smarts that you do.  Say hello to the guy at the other end of your leash. – Laura


Portugal is one of several European countries having economic difficulties.  I’m no financial genius, but a possible solution would be to impose a 100% tax on spray paint.  The coffers would be overflowing….