The draw to Lagos was nearby Sagres (what explorers once called "the end of the world"). Lagos had more lodging options so we stayed there and took a bus over to Sagres for the day.
complete with handy stool
we fell into the third of those categories
The day after we visited Sagres we confirmed that it was, in fact, Saturday (everyone at the hostel seemed a little surprised), so we visited Lagos's Saturday market and waited out the rain in a cafe.
twenty-five markets in eight countries later
they're all completely different
and yet exactly the same
Patience paid off, the skies cleared, and we enjoyed a full afternoon meandering along a trail near old town Lagos that followed the cliff.
some parts were steeper than others
Now and then we descended long staircases to check out the beach or the views.
toward "the grotto"
(yep, those are stairs)
And once we stopped to play with a kitty.
he liked bread
It was almost impossible to not stop every three minutes to take a photo. Some of the other bazillion shots we took that day start here...
- we found this gem at the Saturday market
figgy gingery hockey puck deliciousness
- and it's an expat town so we also found this shelf at the grocery store
heads just exploded
- and we were still supposed to eat salted cod
but we still didn't
- otherwise we cooked at the hostel
veggies from the local Saturday market
- and drank tasty inexpensive wine
- and Patrick took the Pepsi challenge with local beers
winner: still undetermined
Lodging notes: The downstairs setup was a little odd at Bura Surf Hostel (one bathroom for up to 14 people, beds in the entry room) but whatever, it's a surfer joint. Since it was low season we had the four-bed dorm to ourselves. The folks who worked there were really nice and there was definitely a chill vibe to the place. We probably would've hated it in the summer, but it was fine for us this time around.
Obrigada/o, Portugal. We liked you a lot and we hope to see you again real soon. Next time we promise not to speak any Spanish in your presence... (Sorry about that.)