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Promenade along the waterfront in Lagos. Marina west, cove beaches east.

The old Fort guarding the entrance to Lagos.

Walked east about a mile to see this cove beach where I...

Beautiful path along the cliffs above the cove beaches.

Another cove beach in the same area.

Cove beach nearest the fort and old part of town where I...


I took a train from Porto, in the north all the way to the southern tip of Portugal. It was a 7 hour train trip for $52E with one transfer in Faro just about an hour from Lagos (pronounced La goosh) It gets dark here around 6 so most of the trip was in the dark. The trains only stop for a minute and I was worried about seeing the station name and knowing when to jump off with my suitcase. Fortunately a woman sitting beside me who heard me talk to the conductor, spoke up in good English saying she was also going to Lagos and would help me know when we reached the Faro station and help make sure I got on the Lagos train. Good thing, because in Faro everything was closed and there was no sign or flashing billboard announcing what track the Lagos train was coming in on.

I took a train from Porto, in the north all the way to the southern tip of Portugal. It was a 7 hour train trip for $52E with one transfer in Faro just about an hour from Lagos (pronounced La goosh) It gets dark here around 6 so most of the trip was in the dark. The trains only stop for a minute and I was worried about seeing the station name and knowing when to jump off with my suitcase. Fortunately a woman sitting beside me who heard me talk to the conductor, spoke up in good English saying she was also going to Lagos and would help me know when we reached the Faro station and help make sure I got on the Lagos train. Good thing, because in Faro everything was closed and there was no sign or flashing billboard announcing what track the Lagos train was coming in on.

I stayed at the Riomar Hotel which was a good price @ $98E for 3 nights, with heat(or air conditioning for summer) including a cold breakfast. It had the best wi-fi of all my other accommodations, good enough to watch HULU and catch up on some of my episodes. No view but it was only a few short blocks from the sea wall and surrounded by restaurants and shops. But way too far to walk from the train station dragging a suitcase, especially at 10 pm.

Lagos is a small seaside resort town that was at one time the home of Henry the Navigator and where many Portuguese ships of old set sail during their age of discovery. Since I came in the winter and its too cold to swim at the beautiful beaches there wasn't a lot to do. My first day I walked west along the inlet and through the marina, took shelter in a large grocery store when another everlasting rain storm began and admired all the inexpensive wine and ports. Just like in St. Croix this is the place to get bargain prices, but no help in knowing what is worth buying. Having visited some of the wine cellars in Porto helped me pick a half bottle to sample.

Thankfully my last full day in Lagos was a beautiful sunny day and I walked east in search of the beach coves, visited the fort and two churches, St. Anna's and Santa Maria. Two small cathedrals, but with lots of gold ornamentation. It was at least a mile walk, half of it uphill till I found a way to my first cove beach. Everywhere there are steps down from the cliffs to the beaches. They were deserted and it was hard to imagine how packed they are during the summer months. But I enjoyed some solitude and a snack before climbing more stairs and following a narrow path through little yellow flowers to the cliff top to view some more coves on my way back to Lagos.

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