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Portugal itself is quite underrated as a travel destination. It’s similar to Spain, although it feels more subdued. Things move even more slowly. Everything is cheaper, and there are notably less tourists. The food is more flavorful, and its portions are more generous. If you’re in Europe, and want to see spectacular beaches, one next to the other, that aren’t saturated with tourists, I highly recommend Lagos, Portugal. If you’re up for a nice two hour walk along the cliffs on the coast, you can start from Praia da Batata, and pass beautiful beaches such as Praia Dona Ana, Praia Pinhão, Praia do Camilo, until you reach Ponta da Piedade, where there is a lighthouse. Praia da Batata has to be the most beautiful beach I’ve seen that’s right in the city center.
You can see that the beach was empty although this was in early August. One of the small, hidden beaches accessible only by water that we passed by. Cliff over Camilo Beach Stairway to paradise When I saw this, I just stood there, unable to look at anything else. The water was ice cold, but so clean, transparent, and serene. Cliff over Praia do Porto de Mós. Octopus hunter/ diver We took the shortcut back to the city center, which took less than half an hour. There were old tiled buildings and cobblestones, which you’ll see everywhere in Portugal. You can see the influence of Islamic architecture in many parts of Portugal. Santo Antonio Church in Lagos, Portugal. “Mercado Africa Market,” near the bus station. The port at the Bensafrim River.