Right now is the primary in a NEW collection of visitor posts by a South African who moved to Portugal along with her husband and teenage boy. I hope you take pleasure in following your journey. I do know I stay up for studying extra about her adventures within the months forward!
Transferring to Portugal throughout a pandemic was by no means the plan, however that is the way it went for my household in 2021. Spurred on by a love affair with the nation that started years earlier on a household trip, we landed at Humberto Delgado Airport (Lisbon Airport.). ) in March with six suitcases and our fastidiously packed Nespresso machine.
Our first cease was Lagos (pronounced Laa-gosh), a ravishing historic city on the west coast of the Algarve. Fortuitously, we arrived in Portugal when it was slowly popping out of its second lockdown, which meant we may go away our Airbnb condo and discover our new dwelling.
Extra about Lagos
Traditionally, Lagos can hint its origins again to the Phoenicians, however was conquered by the Portuguese within the thirteenth century. It performed a central function within the Age of Discovery because it was town from which the Portuguese fleet sailed to discover the seas within the fifteenth century. Consequently, it turned a central city within the slave commerce (the market sq. and the small slave monument might be visited to discover this unhappy a part of historical past). Lagos later misplaced its significance to Faro (the capital of the Algarve) after it was broken through the 18th century earthquake and tsunami that struck many of the Portuguese coast.
Discovering a spot to get a superb takeaway espresso was a precedence and we rapidly found our new native – Adoce A Vida. Situated in a aspect road within the outdated city, this café met our every day wants for Bica (espresso with sugar) and Pastel de Nata. In the event you’ve by no means eaten a type of conventional Portuguese custard tarts, consider a scrumptious, bite-sized, barely sweeter milk cake. Extremely really helpful! Portugal has a vibrant espresso tradition, which implies that espresso is offered most occasions of the day. This turned out to be very useful as Lagos turned out to be hilly and we had been exercising fairly a bit by the point we left the home for takeout pizza.
The outdated city of Lagos is delimited by town partitions, however the bigger, medium-sized metropolis extends over hills and small valleys. It is quick turning into a favourite with digital nomads drawn to its laid-back tradition and exquisite seashores, so it has a little bit of another vibe – and a great deal of eye-catching road artwork. I used to be informed that the outdated city is kind of teeming with vacationers in a traditional summer time season, however we noticed it principally with locals and different joyful migrants.
One other side of Lagos that we actually loved is the fabulous marina. We first noticed it on the YouTube channel Crusing La Vagabonde So it was very particular to go to it in particular person. With glowing catamarans and monohulls, plus loads of cafes, wine bars, and eating places, it is a enjoyable, pleasant place to take pleasure in a meal with a view.
Lagos is actually a metropolis with an overabundance of breathtaking views and pure magnificence, which implies that on the subject of discovering a superb sundowner spot, you’ll be spoiled for selection. There are seashore bars on rocky cliffs overlooking well-known seashores and walks alongside unbelievable rock formations that usually seem on Instagram.
One among our favourite household actions (if the teenager could possibly be satisfied) was strolling to the Ponta da Piedade lighthouse and strolling the boardwalks having fun with the views and taking footage for the household in South Africa.
And as quickly as native rules allowed, we got down to discover the encompassing space and go to different smaller cities alongside the coast, together with peaceable Ferraguda and windswept Sagres.
Lagos turned out to be an important place to begin our Portuguese journey. We stayed there for a few month and have been completely thrilled – and due to Fb we even managed to make our first mates there in Portugal. However when the continuing development work subsequent to our Airbnb started to have an effect on work and on-line coaching, we determined to maneuver and spend the following a part of our journey exploring a unique a part of the Algarve.
Subsequent cease, quirky Fuseta – a small, conventional fishing village additional east alongside the coast!