Under $100: Lagos, Portugal

by Angelique Platas

Sep 7, 2019

Azores, Portugal © Boule13 | Dreamstime

Destinations / Europe

The coastal city of Lagos, located on Portugal’s western Algarve, has been an up-and-coming tourist destination for years. With the corner market on seaside vistas, stunning beaches, quaint locales and Portugal’s vibrant culture rounding every corner, it’s easy to see how this city gained some international attention.

 

While rich in heritage and natural beauty, Lagos can actually be budget-friendly, too. Luckily, the city is not completely overrun by mass tourism, inflated prices and tourist traps — this is still one locale you can do like a local.

 

One way to see this city: Fill up on all the free activities you can. There’s still a lot of beaching, climbing and city exploring to be had for free, or close to it, while in Lagos.

The sandstone cliffs lining the western Algarve, known as The Ponta de Piedade are a must-see for tourists. After years of erosion, the cliffs jut out of the crystal-blue waters with purpose and offer some stunning focal points along your cliffside walk. Take the winding paths along the water, or upgrade to a boat tour leaving Lagos marina for €20–25 a tour, or $22–27.

 

Speaking of boat tours, Lagos is one stunning coastal town of caves and grottos you’ll need to get out on the water to fully experience. Fortunately, boat tours are still reasonably priced in this area, with most cave and grotto tours beginning at €20 for adults. For a bit more, typically €40 for 90 minutes, guests can hop on a boat tour and dolphin watch, or catch fresh snapper or grouper, like a Lagos local.

 

Rugged trails and scenic walks are a dime-a-dozen in Lagos. Walk along the sand beach or the more varied terrain, all boasting walking paths and trails. See the sights on foot for free and get a few steps in along the way.

 

Talk to the locals or explore on foot. This region is safe for tourists and easy to explore.

 

 

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