Lagos Portugal in the Algarve is a Party

Lagos Portugal Algarve caves paradise

Good day,

Where does one begin to describe a week of pure hedonism in one of the most beautiful places on this planet? I’d of updated but seriously, you, the web lot, don’t deserve and your imagination will probably be about 1/3 as good so it will give you an idea. Lagos, Portugal in the Algarve is a wonderful place where you can really “be yourself” in every sense.

Apartment in Lagos Portugal Algarve

The accommodation is really cheap, you can get cheap drink specials everywhere and with a little bit of luck, have a different beautiful lady from *somewhere* make sure you don’t burn on the beach everyday by means of applying egregious quantities of sun tan lotion and making d@mn sure it’s rubbed in well. I will tell you this, if there is a gang of topless women it does not mean they are lesbians, they may in fact be the coolest ladies on the beach. Ok Ok, maybe not the coolest but definitely some of the most interesting and ALWAYS shoot for the stars coz if you land on the moon, it’s still way cooler than earth, even if you live in a penthouse overlooking “some city”.

Lagos Portugal Algarve Beaches

Oh yeah, I’m building the “PIE OF PARADISE” aka getting ingredients AKA finding 8-12 places in this world that give you the chills and you meet people even chiller so chilled but NEVER COLD. I hate cold people and hate almost nothing. I also hate tight people, they live small boring lives, know one? Ditch em and never look back like you just casually threw a hand grenade over your shoulder as you crossed the bridge.

Lagos Portugal City

Long story short, left Lisbon, met this dude on the train who had a hostel, went there, checked in, randomly ran into the guy from Paris I run into EVERYWHERE in Lisbon and went on an adventure. Woke up after a refreshing 4 hour sleep and was looking for something, ran into this hostel and met some beautiful women having a smoke, inquired the price, almost 50% less, left with my new and old friend. Never go to the “party hostel” because you don’t want to “go to a party” you want to be “part of the party” or “your own party”. They also charge you more and attract TONES of douches trying to “find a party”.

Lagos Portugal in the Algarve is beautiful

Now, I’m in an apartment, it’s like a hostel but just a massive apartment with double rooms, a dorm room whatever. It is run by this super sweet old lady who doesn’t care about much except not disrespecting her place. I just leave my valuables with her because she’s like a current “grandma” in the scene. This dude from New Zealand I know just walked in, turns out there are way more rooms, he’s in a triple for the same price way further from the road, I like to be alone when I want to be alone, another reason that “party hostels” can go suck it. Picture a hostel with a kitchen and common room that do not close and absolutely NO BODY to tell you what you can or cannot do. This is not for everyone except for shabl readers and those who should be that have yet to find out about this here “different” site.

Lagos Portugal Algarve ladies drink free

I met a super cool guy who runs wilderness bird tours looking for food one day and he gave myself and a crew I was with a lift, after I run into him everywhere, went on a mission today. This place is beautiful which brings me to my next point… Why am I in Europe? Seriously?

Lagos Portugal in the Algarve beach bar

Churches mean nothing to me much like temples and sure there is nice architecture and whatnot but I’m very *over it*. Why would I pay 15-25E a night for a room when I could pay 8-15 for my own HOTEL ROOM? Why would I pay 5E for a gawd d@mn English Breakfast when I could pay 2?

Lagos Portugal pier

I am currently chatting on skype with a good friend that I met partying in Nha Trang who is living in Bali, she says she will just live there forever, I don’t blame her. Traveling is cool but the reality of the matter is, I don’t need to travel and after 9.5 consecutive months, it’s starting to become “old hat” and I’d never tip anyone with an old hat. On the topic of tipping…

Lagos Portugal Algarve boats

Unless someone serves you like a champ and you develop a rapport with them… Why would you ever tip? If you go into some random pub and know no one or some corner store and you are 5 cents short, they will say no. I was 3 cents short for a coke and didn’t want to break a 50 and the lady said “Sorry”. She didn’t know I had the 50 and there are plenty more where that came from. You get where I’m going? Change means nothing sometimes but can be the difference between being thirsty or quenching that thirst with a delicious sugary blast of coke.

Lagos Portugal sunset

I digress.

Lagos is very nice and one of the coolest places I’ve been in the world yet, that is for sure. But still, I’m not bar staff, I’m a bar goer, I don’t work at hotels, I stay at hotels, why am I here? Eurail pass or not… Remember, if you are a planner, on a budget or a timeline, Eurail is good but if you’re like me I think I am going to B-LINE IT ASAP through Europe but mainly just beach towns and resorts, it’s summer “get yo burn on”. That said, if you are younger and cool and want to travel the world working at bars, the people here are some of the coolest I’ve met yet. Good people, fun people which equals a great mix. That said, if any of you read this, don’t forget about Vang Vieng, Laos you may just love it.

Lagos Portugal world cup Brazil

There is a travel conference going on right now and I guess it would be interesting but it’s in NYC, if I’m going to hop on a plane and go to a conference, it better be Vegas or “fogetttaabbbout it!” Also, right now, except maybe somewhere in Asia, there is NOWHERE I’d rather be on this planet. Lagos baby, you’ll get Lagosed.

Lagos Portugal Algarve grotto caves

People from the World Cup England – Germany game just came in like a strong storm, we’re done here. Oh yeah, being in Europe in various countries for World Cup is very cool, recommended. In closing, been doing lots of fishing with some old timers, real “dogs life here” taking a quick snooze with a mojito and a smoke while living the “Lagos de Loca”. Right now there are 3 attractive kiwi women making a sea food special something… Lagos is like a revolving door, it just keeps going…

Lagos Portugal Algarve rocks

Lagos Portugal Algarve Beach Chilling

Tips hat,

P.S: Nothing.

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  1. Ruggles

    June 28, 2010 at 8:11 am

    Hmmm….looks like another place to add to the loco spur of the moment list. Last time I got loco ended up in VV, this seems like its down the same alley.

  2. Calado

    June 30, 2010 at 2:19 pm

    Just to say hi (from the guy that almost run you over two times on the night of your birthday, after last night i guess i’ll brake again next time 🙂 )

    Ps- Ana and Ernesto say hi too.
    Ps2- “If you stop it’s over”

  3. Tom Berlin

    January 17, 2012 at 7:34 pm

    Is it pretty easy to pick up a job working at a Bar? I worked in IOS, Greece last summer and it was pretty much just show up early in the season (may) and you got a job.

    • Rob

      January 17, 2012 at 8:26 pm

      Yeah it’s easy, just get there early as well.

      • kim sebag

        March 26, 2013 at 9:50 am

        tom… i also worked in ios last summer and am also looking for a bar job in lagos
        rob – ill be traveeling for a couple months but i have a friend who is starting with me and he only has 10 days and wants to party hard
        were trying to choose between madrid and barcelona OR lisbon and lagos
        wed arrive the 8th of may.. is lagos crazy yet this early in the season??

  4. Rohan

    March 10, 2012 at 8:56 pm

    Mate, loving the pics. I am planning a trip to Europe in June/July, what other places would you recommend to visit in Portugal. Solo traveller looking for quality night life and beautiful beaches. Cheers mate.

    • Rob

      March 11, 2012 at 5:34 am

      The Algarve is where the beaches are. This was just one stop. Can’t say much more for the area but do know that San Sebastian in Spain is definitely worth a visit. Loved it, cool and beautiful place.


  5. Kurt

    May 23, 2012 at 5:25 am

    Hey mate. I am planning a Trip to Lagos at the start of August with a few mates. We are pretty much looking to party and hang out at the beach etc.. Where do you think the best place is to stay to meet heaps of people etc. Where did you stay? Cos we are wanting to get our own Apartment but be close to heaps of other ppl.

    • Rob

      May 23, 2012 at 10:06 am

      If you have a crew, you could possibly get the whole place. Her name is Maria and she has this apartment with a killer patio that overlooks the most expensive “party hostel” in town. It was a good price and it’s located on the 2nd and 3rd floor in the building across the street from the International Youth Hostel that is on the main drag where bars like “The Jam” aka personal favorite are.

      I loved it, so will you and if you have stuff you want safe, leave it with her – she is sweet and legit.

      It’s Hospedaje Maria or something and not advertised anywhere, worse comes to worse the lady at front desk of Youth Hostel should know.

  6. Ashley

    May 30, 2012 at 11:46 pm

    I’ll be arriving in Lagos July 20th what hostel would u recommend me staying in till I sort my self out with more permanet accom I would like to stay somewhere busy as I’m travelling solo. Also unable to get there any earlier then mid July as I finish up work in Canada then. Do you think it is going to be hard to find work around this time?

    • Rob

      May 31, 2012 at 3:07 pm

      Harder to find work but if you’re good… That said flyering is easy to get into.

      Go to the “International Youth Hostel” and across the street this lady Maria has apartments. Ask the people at front desk of the hostel what room she is in.

      She is so sweet, has a really nice patio, clean place ,usually cool people and it’s like a hostel with say a room with 7 beds but also has a killer kitchen blah.

      If you have any valuables, put em in a bag and give them to her, I did that and it was all gravy.

      Good luck.

  7. Brendan

    June 12, 2012 at 12:47 am

    Getting to lagos mid august, still hot? still cranking?

    Ill be travelling solo, first time, bit nervous but hey if i dont like it i can always leave haha, giving it a go – so a big NO to the party hostels hey? i.e. risking cock? Was just thinking it may be easier to meet people that way

    • Rob

      June 12, 2012 at 5:14 am

      Stay there a night if you wish, you’ll probably “go big” your first night anyways. Ask around though as it’s 25 euro a night and not worth it. Also lots of the “partiers” at these hostels are people scared of not meeting people aka not the most interesting. That said, lots of interesting people and probably have fun.

      Advice – Stay there or one of the others first night, ask around about better cheaper places. I think the Maria’s place across from the International Youth Hostel was 15E which is 10E cheaper aka adds up.

  8. Lisa

    March 14, 2013 at 8:25 am

    Hey 🙂

    My friends and I are considering to go partying in Lagos this summer.
    Is Lagos known for “crazy partying” or is it more the kind of place to chill?

    Looking forward to hearing from you!

    • Rob

      March 14, 2013 at 8:48 am

      Crazy, lose your mind partying.


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