Portugal Day 2 (Lagos)

Hey guys!

Sorry I’m so behind with all this. It was a lot easier on our last trip because we basically vegged out on a beach the entire time. There were a lot more sights to see this time around, so it’s a bit harder to stay on track! Bare with me 🙂

Our first stop was in Sagres at a lighthouse called Vila do Bispo, which translates into “the Bishop’s Village.” I can’t add anything to that other than tell you that’s what google translate told me.

Second stop was Fortaleza de Sagres, the Fortress of Sagres. I would highly recommended paying the few euros it cost to get in because the sights within the fortress were a large testament to the “Age of Discoveries” that the Portuguese participated in. It was the headquarters of Prince Henry the Navigator. This marked the expansion of European culture between the 16th and 18th centuries.

Last, but certainly not least, we headed into the city of Lagos for some lunch in the town center. I won’t lie, the food in Portugal is not my favorite, but everyone is different. I’ll go into that in a later post. Afterwards, we got on a small skipper boat and toured through the Ponta De Piedade, which is a MUST SEE if you are going to head to the Algarves. You need to get a smaller boat because they can actually navigate within the caves! It’s unbelievable. I felt like I was in a mermaids grotto.

Anyways, until the next winded blog post, that is hopefully a lot less historical because let’s be honest, we all hated world history!

Tay

Portugal Day 1

 

Finally we made it to Albufeira, Portugal!! We have arrived here in the Algarve, the southern coast of Portugal. If you look at a map, we are nearly touching Morocco. I guess Portugal has always been swallowed up by the grandeur of Spain, even in the world map of my head.

This morning we had a lovely buffet breakfast. The orange groves in the Algarve are magnificent, which leads to incredible orange juice.

As a family of die hard bachelor nation fans, we couldn’t pass up the opportunity to scope out the infamous fence Colton Underwood jumped during his spoiled fantasy suite date with Cassie. Well… after many reddit searches… we found it. So, thanks internet for your sleuthing skills.

In the early afternoon we made our way, via car to spend a beach day in Cacela-A-Velha, which has a pretty magnificent history, as well as picturesque lagoons. I have attached photos below the paragraph. 

Cacela-A-Velha was once a Medieval necropolis of the Christian settlers of the Algarve, after the conquest of King Afonso III. Prior to that, it functioned as a Medieval Islamic quarter of the ancient Quastalla Darrag (12th century to beginning of 13th century). 

Here are the photos!

 

In the late afternoon we headed to Olhão, a small little port city with cute little shops and cafes. I will say, the Portuguese strictly observe a siesta from 3 pm-6pm. The entire city shut down, but it was almost as if we had the entire place to explore on our own! Here are some photos! I’m not sure what the function of the umbrellas are, but they made for some beautiful photographs.

All in all, we are extremely sunburned, but our first day was amazing!

Talk to you guys tomorrow,

Tay 💕