Lagos, the largest town in the Western
Algarve, is about 6km east of Luz.
It is an attractive bustling
town steeped in history with lovely paved pedestrianised shopping area with
a wide variety of shops, restaurants and bars many within the ancient town
walls. Lagos harbour provides the first safe anchorage on the south
coast for boats coming in from the Atlantic, making it very historically
significant and today it has a large modern marina connected to the town by
a pedestrian bridge.
Stretching eastwards from Lagos Marina is the sandy beach of Meia Praia,
which at 4 km is the longest in the Algarve. The well-known Palmares Golf Course
is at the eastern end of Meia Praia. Between Lagos and Praia da Luz is
renowned Boa Vista Golf Resort while a little further west is
Parque da Floresta Golf Resort.
At Cape St. Vincent (Cabo de
Sao Vicente), the most Westerly point in Europe, there spectacular views of the rugged Atlantic coastline.
There are miles and miles of steep dramatic cliffs interspersed with scores
of lovely coves and beaches.
This whole area is part of the
Parque Natural du Sudoeste Alentejano & Costa Vicentina and is wild
and wonderful with a huge array of flora and fauna.
Driving northwards, inland towards the mountains you can visit the
well-known spa town of Monchique and explore beautiful scenic valleys and
view large swathes of the coastline from a higher level.
Map of the Algarve, Portugal
How to get there ?
Flying time is
approximately 2.5 hours from Ireland and U.K. and there is no time-change as Portugal is in the same GMT Time Zone.
are some useful links for Flights to Faro Airport: