I have a lot to see on this planet, which often deters me from stepping in the same place twice. But when the chance to go back to Lagos, Portugal, I couldn’t resist the crazy perfect beaches, cliffside views and vibrant nightlife that pulses through the cobblestone streets. Historically it’s been a busy port city, and now it’s a hub of Portuguese culture, food and fun. Last time I was there I was 21 years old and out of my mind, so this round was a little more subdued. But let’s be honest, it was still a carnival ride of hazy colors, breezy shores and the friendliest people around. I went for a long weekend with the party boys at Discover Sevilla and my new au pair friends from the U.S. and Denmark.
If you find yourself in this southwestern corner of Europe, you have to see the sunset at “The End of the World” in nearby Sangres. The wind is so strong you can barely hear yourself think but it adds to the excitement of being hundreds of feet off the ocean floor. If you are going to jump an let the wind catch you like these two are doing, for the love of God, do it far away from the cliff.
Photo fans can’t miss the chance to capture this endless view of sea and sky and some memories with their friends. Everyone was keeping it pretty classy here, but I certainly saw people let loose later on. A definite stop on your nighttime magical mystery tour should be Joe’s Garage downtown. It has a spring break vibe but it small enough to feel personal. Either get ready to take shots on fire and dance on the bar throughout the weekend, or grab a calmer cocktail during the week when the crowds usually head home.
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A lighthouse marks the cliffs to avoid some serious damage.
Beach all day, dance all night. Some of the areas are a little run down with abandoned buildings. But everything is clean and sunny, so you barely notice. I personally think it distinguishes it from some of the other resort towns. This image was on the way to the beach where we swam and played volleyball all day in the heavenly weather. Plenty of restaurants are located along the ocean as well, stocked with seafood specials and drinks to help handle the heat. If you speak a little Spanish or Portuguese it’s helpful, but you’ll be more than fine getting by without it – pointing and smiling is pretty universal.
PS – Happy Valentine’s Day all you crazy lovebirds! I’m going to partake in the madness and enjoy some lovey gushy stuff myself, but you do you today and own that bowl of ice cream or hot date, whichever it may be. In fact, I am going to indulge both.
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I have been there and there are a few photos on my site.
Those are wonderful! I love your Sevilla photos too – that’s where I lived for a while when I ventured to Lagos for the weekend. Beautiful job.
I was there last year..beautiful landscape and friendly people!
I had a blast for sure, wish I had more time to explore!
These photos are breathtaking…take me thereeee!! Great work Eileen – you are such a talented writer and your pics are gorgeous! So nice meeting you last night 🙂
Thanks Rachel for those kind words! Your vision is awesome too, I checked out your blog this AM and loved your story! I feel a collab in the future, I’ll be in touch!
I too loved Lagos. It was easily one of the most stunning places I’ve ever been. We rented kayaks and explored some of the coves which was also a blast. I have some photos in this blog post: http://thisamericangirl.com/2013/01/21/you-dont-have-to-be-afraid/
Oh wow, a kayak excursions sounds amazing!! Those photos on your post are stunning,I love them. Lagos is magical, I hope I can go back again soon.