Cabo Sao Vicente is the south nwestern most point of Portugal and is a rocky place with giant waves crashing in and if you have time to make a detour while you Are in lagos then it is surely worth it.
The lighthouse and the surrounding buildings at the cape has been restored recently and worth exploring too, but the main site is the amazing nature you find there.
If your looking for a romantic evening ,hire a car and go to Cape St Vincent and see the Sunset .
lots of couples go there in the evening just to watch the sun go down ,can be spectacular.
It will take you just over half an hour to an hour depending on traffic.
While your there if your lucky look over to the cliffs with the shear drop and see if you can see any fishermen fishing.(they do call them suicide fishermen) we couldn't believe our eyes when we saw them.if you look very carefully in the picture you will see one ,a very small dot almost in the middle of the picture at the edge.
Go south of Lagos (near the Bombeiros, fire department) up to Praia do Pinao. From the follow the cliff paths along the Dona Ana beach, Camillo beach, and Ponta de Piedade. Their you might have a drink at Bar Sol Nacente (Bar of the rising sun). Then follow the path in the north west direction to Porto de Mos. At times this might be steep. Use good shoes and only take this last part if you are in a good phisical condiotion.
The rewards are high. Spectaculair views. One of the tbest hat you can imagine!
If by any chance it's raining and beach is not very pleasant you may take the Via do Infant road and in 2 hours or less you are in Ayamonte, Spain. It's different.
In the way yoy may stop in many others interesting places.
This time I stoped in Silves and saw the Castle and the Fabrica do Inglês
The sun-soaked coast of southern Portugal is well known to holidaymakers for the quality of its beaches, resorts and golf courses. But the Algarve has a secret: it harbors plenty of deserted beaches and a whole section of coast where you can see life as it was in the region before the onslaught of tourism.
On the far western strip of the Algarve – from Lagos to Sagres and reaching up the west coast to the village of Odeceixe – is the little-known and undeveloped Vincentina Coast, a protected nature reserve of stunning, rugged beauty.
Nearby to the city of Lagos are many, many nice beaches. The main beach is Meia Praia which lies to the east of the town and is long enough that you’ll find a space, even on the most crowded summer days. West of Lagos are the pretty cove beaches, like the one in the photograph that is Praia do Camilo Beach.
Praia Dona Ana is one of the most picturesque, with its weird sandstone rock formations rising out of the sand. The beach is 650 feet long (200 m) and accessible via a stairway. It is situated in a slightly curved half-circle formed by the surrounding cliffs, and during the tourist season more visitors come here than is probably good for this beautiful spot. Unfortunately, the water here can sometimes be somewhat dirty during the tourist season. The restaurants at Praia Dona Ana provide visitors with drinks, grilled sardines, and other snacks.
Close by the harbor you can find tourist boat tours that will acquaint you with the local marine areas with the highlight being the tide and wind sculptured cliff-side caves and gardens.
The beaches around Lagos are some of the most beautiful of the Algarve, like Praia de Dona Ana, which can be reached after a 25 minute walk from the center of the town, Praia do Camilo, a bit further on, and Meia Praia, whose sands stretch for about 2.5 miles (4 km) east of Lagos.
However, the most admired feature around the vicinity of Lagos for its tourists seems to be the unspoiled peninsula called Ponta da Piedade fronting the bay of Lagos. This is a wonderful walking area with spectacular sea views. It has scenery of matchless beauty with many colorful cliffs, caves, arches, rocks and some wonderfully transparent waters. The crystal clear water allows you to see the many and varied underwater rock formations.
The rocks full of holes - chosen by sea birds to make their homes and contrasting with the greenish blue water - turn these beaches into sheltered coves, protecting them from the North wind that often refreshes Lagos.
Here you have nature doing some of its best artistry as the wide Atlantic Ocean crashes upon and erodes the soft limestone cliffs creating, along with the wind, a very special sea-art gallery for your pleasure.
There are impressive caves located along the coast here. Cathedral; Belas Artes; Living-room; The shoe; and The kitchen. And look for the small entrances in the rock that allow natural light to make reflections on the water, providing a beauty all its own.
In olden days, in the south of Portugal and especially in the area of Lagos and Sagres, the decorative chimneys on the homes were used as a gauge to show comparative wealth of the families living inside the home.
The more ornate the chimney was then obviously the more wealth the family had.
Nowadays, the chimneys on the modern structures are all inexpensive and prefabricated - although still decorative - so they have lost that old time, unique identifying quality. But you will still notice that the folks here like to decorate their chimneys in the old fashion!
I'm going to show you some aspects of Algarve life, that tourists generally don't see...
It's in February that the almonds trees are all coverd with little white flowers. The legend says that in old times a mourish king married a princess from the north of Europe. After some time the princess was homesick
because she would like to see the snow. As in Algarve doesn't snow, the king order a large plantation of almond trees that, in winter, turned the land white with its flowers...
One of the traditional activities of Algarve is/was the fishing. Around 7h pm, I usually hear the trawlers going to the high sea. Nowadays, with the limitations imposed by CEE I don't hear nor see it anymore!
In the interior of Algarve, but not very far away from principal roads you may see peasants like those at their white houses.