Jim and Kathie Go to Portugal travel blog

Cool bridge

The old town of Lagos

Lagos

Beautiful beaches along the Algarve

The grotto

Grotto

the infamous cataplana!


Today we decided to take a drive to the west along the Algarve coast. We visited Lagos - another modern, small city with an old walled city within. Lagos was where the first Portugese maritime expeditions were launched and also the first African slave market was held here. We toured the old town, stopped in at the Slave Market Museum and tried out some hot churros before we left. Then we drove a bit further up the coast to see a couple great beaches and a spectacular lookout at Ponta da Piedade. We took some amazing photos there and then headed to the sleepy little fishing village of Salema where we tried the infamous cataplana (a specialty dish in this area, it is a mixture of fresh fish, tomatoes, potatoes, onions cooked a long time in a copperpot (somewhere between a pressure cooker and a steamer..)

We strolled along the beach there and then enjoyed the ride home. One thing is for sure- Portugal loves their roundabouts. We must have driven through at least 50 so far!

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