How it all started
I started my journey from Lisbon because I was in pursuit of the forgotten sun and hopeful to find it at the end of the 3-hour train ride towards Lagos, in the south of Portugal. The sun was a bit stingy even when I arrived there, but I was already mesmerized by this view:
And I could already feel the spring air from here:
Finally I arrived to praia das batatas, which means the potato beach.
And from there you can see that Lagos is not only about the beaches. Right next to it, there is Ponta da Bandeira, a part of the 17th century fortifications that were added to protect the town.
For a fee of 2 euro, you can get inside and check it out
and enjoy this view:
As I was walking further along the cobbled street near the waterfront
I came across the replica of the caravel Boa Esperança and it made me think that I would like to explore more of the area by boat. Tough luck, though, the conditions were not good for that, so no boats left when I was there. That would be a good reason for visiting later in the spring or summer.
What I did instead was take a bus to Sagres, aka the end of the World, called that way because in the days before Columbus, when the world was presumed to be flat, this was the spot closest to the edge of the Earth.
Busses go several times a day from Lagos and it takes only about an hour to get there. Perfect for a day trip.
Arriving at the end of the World in Sagres
The wind was very strong, and I was happy that I had listened to the advice of the locals and took my long and warm pashmina with me.
Sagres is at the South-Western tip of Portugal.
It’s windy all the time but this view is worth it.
I continued my trip to Albufeira, where I finally found the sun, along with this breathtaking view:
The journey goes on