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The best time to visit Portugal is during the dry season between March and November. July and August can be busy and crowded, so I prefer the shoulder months of March to June and September to November.
I felt extremely safe travelling as a solo female in Portugal, especially in Lagos. I went to the beaches and was able to leave my stuff on my towel while I went into the ocean.
Travelling During Covid
With the unpredictability of Covid-19 and the variant strains, always research before booking any trips. You can find the latest travel advisory for Portugal here: Visit Portugal Covid Advisory
How to Get to Lagos, Portugal
Faro Airport (FAO), which is 75 km away from Lagos. I booked a private transfer to pick me up from FAO to drop me in Lagos, which cost me approx $100.
Taking the Train from Lisbon:
To take the train, you could buy the intercity ticket, leave from Entrecampos station in Lisbon, get off in Tunes, a few stops before Faro and then change to the regional train to Lagos.
Surf House in Lagos
Lagos has some great beginner surf areas and surf schools to go along with them.
I stayed and learnt to surf at Extreme Algarve. I have been here twice now and really enjoy the atmosphere of the surf house and the instructors. I have travelled here solo both times and have always met other people travelling from all different countries.
Extreme Algarve’s lodge, known as Casa Offshore, is centrally located in a quieter residential area just outside of the vibrant old town. It’s only a short walk to both the center and beaches and there is a selection of restaurants and small supermarkets around the corner.
Tip: The ocean water is COLD in Portugal so you will need a wetsuit when your surf or kiteboard. Bring a comfy sweater to warm up after surf.
Eating & Drinking in Lagos
I love eating! It is what makes or breaks a good travel experience for me. Lagos has some great options for eating in the old town:
Amazing energy in this Mexican cafe and the portions are HUGE! I would recommend that you order a margarita along with a burrito bowl (you’ll probably have enough to take away).
It may have been the biggest burger I have ever seen. A mix of bar and restaurant, you should start at Nah Nah to eat and prep yourself for a night out on the town!
A minimalist cafe in the old Town with surf decor and delicious coffee and food.
A chill vibe bar that is mostly expats. Go play darts and grab a beer.
A dive bar with drink deals & dancing – what more could you ask for. There is also a pool table if you aren’t in the mood to dance. Something fun for everyone.
I’ve spent a night or two at the Tavern dancing and it’s always been fun. They have dress up nights and makes you feel like you’re back in university. If you are up for it, you can also walk the plank.
Lagos Site Seeing and Tours