Famed for its clear blue waters and rugged scenery, Lagos is most commonly associated with golfing and beach holidays. However, a quick look at its sharp, rocky coastline, its mysterious caves and its cliffs is all you need to tell you that it can make for a truly invigorating day’s sailing.
Where to Go
The coastline around Lagos is one of the most exciting stretches of coast you’ll find. Possibly the most famous part of the coastline is the Ponta de Piedade: enclosed by imposing rock formations and with some truly gorgeous grottos to explore, it’s considered one of the biggest attractions of the region. Skilled sailors should be able to navigate the rocks outside on a calm day, but beware rough weather, and remember that the area is frequented by motorboats taking sightseers on tours of the grottos.
Once you’ve seen the Ponta de Piedade, you might find yourself with a desire to search out all the area’s rock formations. There are more features of the coastline than can be listed here, but highly recommended are the Praia da Marinha and Praia da Rocha. Both of these picturesque beaches have their own stunning geological foibles, although Praia da Marinha is sometimes considered the superior beach for rock formations.
Apart from exploring the coastline, the ocean itself is well-suited to sailing. With its brisk Atlantic breeze and clean, clear waters, you’ll have a great time zipping around on the waves. Once more, do be careful of rough weather and know your own limitations.
While you’re out to sea, you may be interested in the region’s aquatic life. While much of it is more accessible to scuba divers and snorkelers than it is to sailors, the area is famous for several species of dolphin that are frequently sighted. While you’re on the waves, keep an eye out for these magnificent beasts: you might just have an unforgettable experience – and some enviable pictures for those at home!
Where to Charter a Boat
There are plenty of sailing schools in the area where you can charter a boat for a trip out on the waves. Southwest Charters and Algarve Yacht both have boats available, as does The SailCompany. Lagos also has its own sailing club.
You may also be interested to know that some of the local companies offer excursions for fishing fans. You’ll have a chance to enjoy the sport from the deck of a Portuguese fishing boat, making for a perfect day trip.
How to Get to Lagos
First you’ll have to fly to Faro Airport. Ryanair, Monarch and easyJet all offer flights from Luton, Gatwick and Stansted airports, and flight time is 2 hours and 50 minutes.
From here, the easiest thing is to book a Faro airport transfer, which will have you in Lagos in under an hour on most days. If you’re driving, then take the A22. Be aware that you’ll have to pay tolls along the way.
Unfortunately, it isn’t possible to reach Lagos from Faro airport via public transport.
Where to stay
Quinta do Pinheiral – This apartment combines a rural feel with easy access to the centre of Lagos (only 3 miles away). The Pinheiral’s rooms are airy and well-lit, and there is a terrace, patio and a pool for those days spent relaxing at home.
Torrinha House – Those hoping to discover the city of Lagos should look no further than this centrally located guesthouse. The Torrinha is within easy walking distance of the market and any number of local shops and restaurants, as well as being only a few minutes on foot away from a beautiful beach. Perfect mid-priced accomodation for those who like to immerse themselves in their surroundings when on holiday.
Abacus D. Alfonso V – This apartment boasts a gorgeous interior, a fully equipped kitchen and living room and stunning views of the marina. The Alfonso is highly recommended for those who enjoy luxurious surroundings while on holiday, but who also enjoy the privacy of a self-catered apartment.