We checked into a campsite with a five minute walk to Praia da Ana and five minute walk to the town of Lagos, Camping Trindade and as all the reviews have said it is a great location but the campsite is in great need of a lot of TLC! Not really a problem when you have your own facilities on board. The pitches are a decent size but the overall state of the campsite is a bit scruffy, it’s such a shame as it could be cared for a lot better; not one that I would use again or recommend. It is more suited to the back packers, some of which we spotted in the town later!
On our first day we walked to Praia da Ana, reached by a lot of wooden steps and again the sea was really rough but I managed to keep my dignity getting into the water. There is a beach bar at the back of the beach and places where you can walk through the rocks or around at low tide to smaller beaches either side.
On our second day we decided to take a day off from the beach and explore Lagos, its centre pedestrianised with cafes, bars, restaurants and shops. There is a huge marina over the east side of town and now with a pedestrianised bridge, easy to reach from the centre of Lagos.
We decided to take a boat ride that takes you along the headland to Ponta da Piedade with its sandstone cliffs and towers, various caves and small beaches only to be reached by boat or on foot. It’s a lovely boat ride and worth taking the time to do. Thirty years ago, we did the same trip in a smaller fishing boat with two small children and my dad in tow and not a life jacket in sight. I have to say the health and safety has improved as we were provided with buoyancy aids. The boats take you right inside the caves and a very skilled captain was at the helm of our boat. We were pleased not to have been in another boat when we saw the captain produce a long pole that he bashed in the water to let a swimmer know not to come near his boat. I would have thought that the boat should not be going close to the swimmer!
We walked back through the old town deciding on which restaurant to eat at later that evening and rested in a small shady square, Praca Luis Camōes, to listen to some good guitar music being played by an aged hippy busker. We carried on through the narrow streets and back out again to the quayside and along to the old fort.
We walked back into the town in the evening for something to eat and opted for the Fish Cataplana, fish stew that you share and which we thoroughly enjoyed. We finished off the evening with an ice cream whilst walking back through the town, passing by and listening to the many buskers that there are In Lagos.
Unfortunately for us, this is the end of our visit to the Algarve before starting our journey home heading north through Portugal before turning east into Spain.