While looking at accomodation options in Lagos we found a cheap, well-located campsite only a few minutes walk from the main town and beaches. We scored an abandoned tent in Morocco so were keen to test it out, but of course as soon as we arrived, paid our entry and started setting up, the clouds rolled in and the wind started to pick up. We hurriedly pitched our tent and threw in our bags, just in time to beat the first few drops.

The tent was the perfect size for two people but what we didn’t consider was that it also needed to house our backpacks which combined are the equivalent of a six-foot, well-fed, burly man. Luckily they didn’t mind sleeping on top of each other so it was more cozy in the tent than cramped. Another thing we didn’t consider was how cold it would get at night! I went to bed wearing shorts and a t-shirt and woke up half way through the night to dig out as many layers as I could find.

Our first morning in Lagos was spent walking through the weekly farmer’s market, dodging impatient locals and overly relaxed tourists as we inspected the incredible amount of fresh produce on hand. We then continued on to the monthly gypsy market which coincidentally fell on the same day we were there. After a morning of perusing it was on to Praia do Camilo, a small but stunning beach surrounded by incredible rock formations. We spent a good part of the afternoon relaxing in the sun then headed back to camp, detouring past Ponte da Piedade for a picturesque view back along the coastline.

Our campsite offered wifi but at an unreasonable extra cost of €3. The bar next door however offered free wifi and €1 beers, so we just HAD to go for drinks. After a few beers we returned to our tent to layer up and squeeze in for the night.

The next morning we walked to yet another market on the other side of town, this time a monthly flea market. It was quite big in size but lacked in anything decent. After that we headed to another beach, Praia do Pinhão, for an afternoon of swimming and sunbathing.

By the late afternoon our stomachs started to grumble so we thought we’d grab some olives, cheese, meat and a bottle of wine and head to one of the peaks to watch the sunset. It was so relaxing up there, despite the occassional group of hungry ants inviting themselves along to crash the party. After the sun dissappeared and the chill of the evening breeze came in, we headed back to our camp for a few more €1 beers and some quality wifi time.

It was really nice to get out of the city and experience the more relaxed side of Portugal. Although only a short three night stay in Lagos, we were leaving chilled, tanned, and ready for the busy streets of happening Lisbon!

– Dek

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