Yesterday, despite it being the 2nd week of October, we decided to hire a boat & skipper and take a ride along the coast between Lagos and Benagil - taking in many of the sights we know and love along the way.
See the pictures at Coastal views or See The Boat.
The day began with a leisurely breakfast at Lagos marina before (at 11am) meeting our skipper for the day "Jared" - on his boat "Dove" moored very conveniently in the Marina itself. After pleasantries and checks, we set off. The temperature was mid 20's and the slight North wind was calming the sea near the coast. - We learned that yesterday :)
Early excitement came from coming to terms with the fact that we were actually on the water, not looking at it from the key as we have done for so many years. It felt great. We first headed for the old Lagos Fort, not the one now visible, but a ruin on the top of a now isolated stack just south of the existing fort. It apparently helped Lagos defend itself until the mid 1600's, but erosion put paid to that, plus of course it and the current fort (Forte da Ponta Bandeira) were further wiped out by the Tsunami in 1755. Only the current fort was rebuilt.
At this point we turned West and sped across the bay. The idea was to make it to Benagil and then return slowly, stopping off at Alvor for lunch and possibly a swim.
The pictures are in general order from Lagos to Benagil, but some might not be in order as, to be honest, there was so much to see that it was hard to remember it all.
Not only was the day great value and the skipper very professional, it's possibly one of the best days we've had since flying the same route some 12 years ago. If you're staying at Casa Jovic, it's highly recommended.
"Carvoeiro is a great place on the Algarve to stay, with many places of interest within easy reach. Had trips out to Vilamoura, Ferragudo, Portimao, Silves and Luz"
"We had many nice meals down in Carvoeiro, and particularly like 'Ela and Elas', 'Casa do Bife' and 'O Tascos'"
"Some of our favourite places to eat were L'Orange, Bon Bon (Sesmarias), Primavera (Carvoeiro) and Jophil's (Sesmarias)"