After three and a half months of travel we reached the south-western part of Europe. We spent the last week in the Algarve region, the tourist center of Portugal. We visited, among others, Lagos – the former capital of the region located on the picturesque, rocky coast, the well-known holiday resort of Portimão and Cabo de Sao Vincente, the most distant end of continental Europe.
On Monday, we left Spain and after 400 km we arrived in Lagos. The weather was beautiful throughout the last week. Every day we were welcomed by the sun, which rises an hour earlier than in Spain due to the change of time, and during the day the perceived temperature reached 25 degrees C, which was a pleasant surprise in January.
As you can see, we stopped by the Atlantic Ocean.
Not so long ago we glued the flag of Gibraltar and now it’s time for another, this time Portugal.
We spent the first day of our stay exploring the closest area known for the unusual charm of the cliffs in Lagos. The high rocky coast of the southern part of the country is characterized by many similar places, but in Lagos rock formations probably took the most beautiful shapes. It is partly a product of nature and partly of earthquakes and tsunamis that hit the region in 1755.
There are still wild beaches. This one can only be accessed from the ocean, so it is not surprising that it is clean, natural, just idyllic.
Often, among the rocks there are sailboats or motorboats so you can explore this beautiful, coastal world.
The further along the coast, the more interesting views we see. The only inhabitants of small islets are omnipresent seagulls.
In Portugal, it’s practically spring, so do not be surprised by the flowers blooming on the meadow.
Looking to the east, we can see Portimao located only a few kilometers away, which we visited two days later.
On the other side of the promontory in Lagos, whose center is marked by a lighthouse, there is a small haven hidden between the rocks. From here you can set sail for a cruise on the coast.
The aforementioned lighthouse.
From the lighthouse, we look west. In the distance we can see the furthest reaches of the European continent – the town of Sagres and the Cape of St. Vincent.
Before we got there, we visited the center of Lagos. Before the famous earthquake of 1755, the city was the capital of the Algarve region. Lagos lost it in favor of quickly growing Faro then.
An interesting example of the local architecture are the elevations of some buildings lined with shimmering ceramics. There are also houses with walls lined with multicolored plates.
Most of the houses in the center have whitewashed facades delicately decorated with stone details. However, there are more modern and colorful buildings along the main streets. There is no shortage of fountains, sculptures and benches where you can sit back and relax for a moment.
Sacrificial orders began. It is true that illuminated decorations have not yet disappeared from the streets, but gentlemen from this car have already collected the original Christmas trees placed in many places of the city.
We reach the area of Saint Anthony’s church, one of the two most important temples in Lagos.
Leaving the historic center, we pass solid city walls that testify to the city’s great importance until the mid-18th century.
We can safely say that we are in ‚warm countries’, because in this region we have met a lot of storks that have their winter residences here. Who knows if we have ever met one of them in Poland …
The next day we went to Sagres and Cabo de Sao Vincente, the southernmost and westernmost point of Europe. Until the time of great geographical discoveries, this place was considered the end of the world known to the Europeans.
The high shore with the waves of the ocean crashing at his feet looks really scary, but this does not prevent local fishermen from fishing even from such a seemingly dangerous place.
We look at the Cape of Saint Vincent and the lighthouse on it. In the direction of the visible, endless ocean medieval sailors sailed to search for the New World.
We ended the week with a visit to Portimao, resting on one of the most famous beaches of the Algarve – Praia de Rocha. The ocean is reached by a paved promenade.
We’re just right there. In a moment we will go down steep stairs towards the beautiful, sandy beach.
The city itself is a typical resort full of hotels, guesthouses and restaurants. It is worth noting that new ones are being created all the time, because almost every moment we passed the beginning or ongoing construction.
The next week we are going a little further north of Portugal. We will visit, among others, Lisbon and surrounding cities located on the mouth of the Tagus to the Atlantic Ocean.