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Lagos - how authentic?

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Lagos - how authentic?

Hi all,

We are thinking of heading to Lagos this summer and just wondered what kind of place it is. On a scale of 'real portugal' to 'blackpool in the sun' how authentic is Lagos?!

We have never been to Portugal before and everything we have read about Lagos sounds amazing but a lot of the links for bars and restaurants are in English with English menus.

As with any resort there will obviously be some 'english' bars etc and we are fine with that (e.g. we have been to places like Dalyan before and loved it!) but would like to take in some of the culture of the place we are visiting.

Can anyone recommend some portugese restaurants, trips and things to see?

Thanks!!

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1. Re: Lagos - how authentic?

Lagos is less touristy than many of the coastal towns but, since main trade is English speaking visitors, you will see almost everything in English as well as Portuguese. The tourist beach resort areas are mostly a couple of miles out of own, so you can avoid them if you wish. The centre of the old city is a bit twee and is mainly a pedestrian zone, with many bars and restaurants.

Lagos is very historic. Most of the old city walls are still standing and there are a number of well preserved buildings you can visit.

As for trips, if you have a car you can easily go inland to some real Portugal, up towards A ljezur and along the west coast, or down to Sagres and Cape St Vincent. Both have some fairly wild and relatively unspoiled scenery. You can also get to Sagres on the bus but going inland it's very difficult as buses are few and far between and none go to the west coats at all.

I hope that helps.

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2. Re: Lagos - how authentic?

there are only a few english bars.

it is nothing like some of the resorts in spain geared up for the english.

give it a try

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3. Re: Lagos - how authentic?

If you like Dalyan (as we did) you'll like Lagos. It's certainly geared up for tourism but nowhere like the Strip in Albufeira (and we have an apartment in Albufeira), Aya Napa, Magaluf, San Antonio on Ibitha, etc (done 'em all).

Overall a good standard of restaurants, a nice "feel", a very traditional old town and good beaches - a bit outside of town.

I'd recommend a visit to Caldas de Monchique if you have a car. Little village that has a lot of character, with a spring source and a spa hotel. I'd also agree with Cubsur's recommendations. If you have a car there is some wonderful coastal scenery all along the coast, just find a turning with a beach hut on it and follow the road/lane/track down to the beach, I particularly like a place called Marina but there are lots of great rock formations (like Algor Seco) and beaches all along the coast.

As with all resorts I recommend that you are sure of where you book on a map. It's not unusual for places that are advertised as being "in" a resort but are a considerable distance from the centre.

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4. Re: Lagos - how authentic?

lisbon is only 2hours drive and Seville is well worth an overnight stay

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5. Re: Lagos - how authentic?

Pushing it somewhat to get to Lisbon in 2 hours, in my opinion you would need to be driving like an idiot to do it in that time. 180+ miles.

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6. Re: Lagos - how authentic?

Sounds like a typical Portuguese driver...........

Possibly from Lagos - even then a bit of a stretch.

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7. Re: Lagos - how authentic?

It's rather a bit over 3 hours, depending on the route you take - motorways or the coastal national road.

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8. Re: Lagos - how authentic?

Back to the question.....on a scale of "real Portugal to Blackpool in the sun" Lagos is undoubtedly quite close to "real Portugal" and certainly the closest you'll find anywhere in the Algarve.

Promise you won't be dissappointed!

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10. Re: Lagos - how authentic?

If you search a site like google images, this will give you a good idea of what the place is like.