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Sunday, April 8, 2012

Olá Portugal

Berlin - Faro - Lagos


Looking for a travel destination where it's a little warmer and not so expensive, we come to the idea of going to Portugal. I've always wanted to go esp. to the south of Portugal but didn't really have the chance to go.

I was happy to escape the cold weather of Germany even for just a couple of weeks. It was raining and hailstone dropping from the sky (in April) when we left our apartment. From Berlin-Tegel airport, we started our journey with Air Berlin (since it has the cheapest tickets and direct flight) going to Faro. The flight took us 3.5 hours but you gain another hour due to a different timezone.


We were contemplating about going with the train or bus from Faro to Lagos but eventually decided to go with the bus. We took a taxi going to the bus station, bought tickets at very affordable price of 5.80 € and waited for our bus. The bus timetable for the Algarve can be found at EVA Bus. We then have a short stop-over at Albufeira and we were pretty much done when we got to Lagos after the 2-hours-busride. We took a taxi to our hotel but we had a little trouble with understanding with our driver, Vitali who is actually a russian and he doesn't really speak english and we don't speak portuguese or russian either. So we had a little joyride around the area to find our hotel. Luckily, my google-maps app on my phone was working so eventually we found the right place.

an empty hotel viewed from our apartment
Praia Dona Ana

We've checked on the internet that the area around Lagos is full of beautiful beaches. The apartment (Dona Ana Garden) seemed equally promising - a small, cozy and well-maintained complex with swimming pool and grill area. It was perfect so we  decided to stay there. The room (ours is a one bedroom apartment) is huge with sala (living room), small kitchen with refrigerator, a small television, toilet and bath and a small terrace. The best thing was the price as we only paid 35€ per night. The only drawback was that our apartment was only separated by a door from the adjoining apartment. This was actually to allow for a bigger group or family. It was therefore a bit clairaudient, though not extreme.


It's just a tradeoff since the apartment lies just a five minute walk to the beautiful Praia Dona Ana and about 15 minutes to the historic center, the bus and train stations. With luggage in tow, it's advisable to take the city bus that stops at Praia Dona Ana or a taxi.

It was already late so we decided to go to to a nearby restaurant and ate our dinner, went back to our place and turned in early.

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