Tuesday, September 19, 2017
Lagos is one of the Algarve’s most attractive and historic towns.
The centre is enclosed in largely 14th century walls. Within the city walls you can find some beautiful street art.
Lagos has the proximity to some of the region’s best beaches.
To the east is the long sweep of Meia Praia, you only have to take the small boat to cross the water to walk to the dunes.
Further to the west, you’ll find the series of coves, caves and rock stacks and small beaches for which the Algarve is best known.
Monday, September 18, 2017
Casa Mãe - Lagos
The second stop of our roadtrip was in Lagos. We stayed 3 days at hotel Casa Mãe, a very special place by the city walls of Lagos.
Last year we found the Casa Mãe magazine in a bookshop in Lisbon. At that time they were still building the hotel. In this magazine there are interviews with all the designers, craftsman, chefs, gardeners. We already knew we would like to visit Casa Mãe one day...
Casa Mãe is much more than a hotel. It opened in October 2016. Casa Mãe is about colloborations with Portuguese designers. Overlooking the old historic city and the sea, Casa Mae comprises three very different houses combining old and new, traditions and modern design.
They have managed to preserve the traditional skills and techniques, experimenting with new ideas and designs. For example the handwoven rugs by GUR you can find everywhere in the building. The hotel also has it's own organic vegetable garden and out of town farm.
Perfect base to explore the well-kept secrets of the wild part of the Western Algarve.
Saturday, September 16, 2017
Olhão is full of character with Moorish-style houses, an influence from the commercial links with Africa.
It's a city for people who love the authentic Portugal.
The colorful buildings reminded me sometimes a bit of Cuba.
This photo report says it all...