Sunday, 27 April 2014

Visiting Lagos, Portugal, in April

Me and James have just come back from Lagos (I know, it's a tough life). With both of us about to start new jobs, we fancied a mini holiday to rejuvenate... and get a tan in the process.

Lagos is a beautiful corner of the world with, in my opinion, basically everything going for it - golden sands, a marina, a mountain range close by, cheesy but amazing bars, great fresh sea food, good bike routes, boiling sunshine and friendly locals.




Weather wise, we couldn't have asked for it to be nicer! I've only ever been in July or August, so didn't know what to expect in April. It was around 20 degrees, with a slight wind, so nice in the day but you'd need a jumper at night.

In Lagos, lunch is best spent on the beach front which is exactly what we did each day. There are about six or seven beach huts that serve food and drinks so you're spoilt for choice.

Day one was all about the prawns. After little to no sleep, a flight still at night and an hour in the sun (I fell asleep, massive tan line no-no), it was time for some fresh, rich seafood.


It's worth noting that I didn't like prawns before visiting this little hut on the beach two years ago, so if you're a little unsure (or a full blown prawn lover), this is the place to get peelin'.


It's the hut's special dish. The prawns are HUGE and come sizzling, swimming in an unbelievably tasty dressing - which is mopped up of course, with freshly baked crusty bread and washed down with a Superbock.

We were joined by a little friend; how funny does he look with his eyes shut - so stubborn about the camera!


On Wednesday we tried out a new beach restaurant that's been revamped. With its glass fronted, minimalistic vibe, it's definitely the most upmarket looking restaurant on the beach.




If you're a fan of cocktails, you need to stop by the Yellow Hotel. It's stunning, with great views out to sea.


We're always in the marina, and Quay Lagos is a definite winner for dinner in my eyes. It boasts proud position on the marina front; the food reflects its prime location but without the price tag.



The wild mushrooms and pancetta on toast with a poached egg was one of the nicest starters I've ever had.


Duck liver pate with toast and chutney (AMAZING).



For the main, I had lamb with Mediterranean veg.


James chose the pork belly & crackling..


We finished things off with the ultimate cheese board..


...before heading off out into Lagos for cocktails at Bon Vivant, and a bar crawl with absinthe shots and too many rum and cokes!


I honestly can't recommend the place enough.




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