Published: October 3rd 2010September 17th 2010
I think I am going to move to Lagos.
No questions asked, I need to live here. I'd like to think I've been to quite a few places, and been on some nice vacations, but my trip to Lagos definitely makes it on the top 3 most fun and most beautiful vacations of all time. Yes, this is quite a bold statement, but Lagos was amazing!!
A bunch of my friends and I went with this group called Discover Granada to Lagos. It's a fun, student run group that is totally laid back yet organizes your entire vacation for you.
The bus left from Sevilla, so we spent one night in Sevilla (another beautiful city that I need to return to) and had a blast at Buddah bar. I met up with one of my friends from school who is studying in Sevilla, so that was really quite nice.
Our bus left early Friday morning for Portugal and as we drove up to the hotel we were staying at, everyone's jaws dropped. I've never seen such beautiful water!
We settled in and signed up to do a Sangria Sailboat tour on Saturday, then devoted the rest
of the day to the heavenly beach right outside our doorstep.
The weater was hot, but the water was just perfect. Not too warm of water, but definitely not cold. There are big rocks you can jump off of into crystal clear water, and actually sandy beaches which is quite rare for Europe.
For lunch my three closest girlfriends and I went up to this little cute beach bar overlooking where our towels were set out. Initally we were feeling a littel neglected, as it was busy and the waiter wasn't giving us our menus. Later though we absolutely fell in love with the place. We each ordered a mojito. It was taking quite a while...but then as we were getting moddy, we saw the bartender going over to his own little garden, and picking the fresh mint for our mojitos! There was no way we could me mad at him for making them fresh...He came over and told us they would be the best mojitos we've ever tasted--they definitely were!!! We ended up spending three hours up there at the bar/restaurant hanging out with the staff and owners!!!
Our meal was good, and really cheap. As
we were paying the bill about to leave, this adorable little sun-withered English man comes over to our table and asks us "Have you girls had some REAL Portuguese food since you have been here?". Considering we all had salads and sandwiches, our answer was obviously No. He replied by saying "Well, do you have 30 minutes? If you do, you must must stay here and have some sardines".
This adorable little old man then grabbed some fresh sardines he clearly had fished this morning, threw them on the grill and even allowed us to go watch. He told us how indeed the sardines had just been caught, and that the salt he was putting on them was sea salt from the sea we were looking out on!!! He taught all of us how to properly grill and cook a sardine, how to salt it, and then once it was grilled how to properly eat it so that you avoid all the bones!
It was actually quite tasty! We each had our own :) After sardines, the nice bartender came over and insisted that we all try this home-made liquor that is only from Portugal. This wasn't quite
as tasty as the sardines, but it was home-made from a berry plant, so how could we resist!
Saturday, Day 2, we woke up and met up with Discover Granada for our Sangria Sailboat tour. The boat takes you all around the coast, and sets anchor near all these beautiful natural grottos that have formed. We then took small little speed boats through the grottos for a tour--AMAZING!!!! I felt like I was in a movie. We sat in the front of the boat with the wind in our hair and the sea in front. Once we returned to the sailboat we could swim around, jump off, drink sangria...it was a great day. Once the sailboat tour was over we went to another amazing beach. It reminded me a lot of Costa Rica. It was flat, with nice white sand, and amazing water!
5 of us girls decided to go tubing (we all pile onto this big intertube and then are pulled around at a rapid speed by a speedboat). One of the "leaders" from Discover Granada decided to join us, and he was pretty much royality as he sat smack dab in the middle of 5 girls
being thrown around on the water.
After the beach we went with Discover Granada to "The End of The World". This is the most Western and most Southern part of Europe and when people believed the world to be flat, they thought that this was THE END OF THE WORLD. It was beautiful for sunset!!! Huge cliffs, a lighthouse...It definitely looks like the end of the world
It was most definitely one of the best days I have had in a loooooong time!!!!!
Sunday was another day under the beautiful Portuguese sun. We discovered yet another little beach with grottos, topless European women, and perfect sand and water. Once we returned to "our beach" we went to "our restaurant" where we were greeted by the English man and his crew. We at there again and socialized for a couple hours while eating delicious sardines.
We left that evening, but I know there is no way I will ever forget this trip!
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