Portugal Paradise Weekend: Lagos and Albufeira

Portugal end of the world

A few weekends ago, I headed to Portugal with three friends from school to soak up the sun on the stunning beaches of Lagos and Albufeira. We went through a group called We Love Spain which organizes trips specifically for students. Our hosts were wonderful; everything went off without a hitch.

Our hotel was in Albufeira, so we had about a day and a half there then a full day in Lagos. We spent most of our time on the beach, so I can’t accurately compare the two towns themselves. What I can say is that their beaches are equally breathtaking. The water kisses the coastline for miles upon miles, white sand drawing the border between land and ocean. No fear of being packed shoulder-to-shoulder like sardines here. There’s plenty of space for everyone.

Our first day in Albufeira, we were taken on a speedboat ride through the caves and later hopped aboard a pirate ship for some chill out time at sunset. I think the look suits me, don’t you?

Portugal pirate ship

Back in the day, people thought that Earth ended at the promontory of Sagres Point (Ponta de Sagres), located at the southwest tip of Portugal. Sail too far out into the Atlantic and you’d fall right off the edge of the planet. Well, we visited this so-called End of the World and I can confirm that when you’re up that high, before you only ocean, it certainly feels like beyond the horizon lies nothingness.

Portugal Cape St. Vincent

Cheap food, rocky adventures, and nothing but sunshine: that basically sums up the weekend, to be honest. The weather could not have been more perfect. Three days in paradise and I had a good tan going (and by “tan”, I mean I wasn’t transparent anymore). It was the ideal way to relax before the final push back at school.

October 23, 2015

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