Lagos in the Algarve could be perceived as a typical tourist spot, much like many of the Algarve towns and villages. But it is one of ur favourites. Its also a favourite of my 75 year old father and mum. They have spent many months there, every year camped out at the ex-service men campsite in their motorhome.

So what the draw? For us it is the beautiful deserted beaches a stones throw away – well a bike ride anyway. Lagos itself is a lovely little town with wonderful shops, fresh produce to fill your fridge or BBQ out for the evening.

To the west of Lagos are some cliffs and beautiful coves carved into fantastic shapes with hidden caves to explore. From lagos you can get a boat to these hidden beaches from the many touting vendors. However you can also cycle along the coast to reach them. Beware the steep inclines, but enjoy the fabulous views. You’ll reach Praia de Mos which in itself is lovely beach, but along the coastline are dotted the towering matchboxes of tourist properties. Villas, hotels and resorts.

Ponta da Piedade (Bridge of Mercy) is not far away. Whitewashed chapels in a lovely village setting. The cape has a lighthouse too, but more notable are the rock formations and caves. You can get back to Lagos via the cliff walks if you’re feeling adventurous.

Further along is Praia de Camilo. Look down into the depths from above and you’ll see a gorgeous little beach. Well worth the clamber down the 100 steps or so. Great for sunbathing and having lunch. The water does rise though and you could end up trying to find your way back up before the beach completely disappears.

basing yourself in Lagos gives you the choice of so many wonderful beaches, whiter you head east or west along the coast. You’ll be sure to find a beach for you. Small, large, quiet, busy, whatever your heart desires.

In our opinion Lagos is a great place to base yourself.