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Treat Yourself in Lagos

The following ideas will give you some options and locations to "Treat Yourself in Lagos". These have become our favourites.

Whether your shopping goals include clothing and handicrafts, or indulging in the fine selection on wines and ports, you can be sure that there is no shortage of options and locations to "Treat Yourself in Lagos".

 

Need to Knows

Lagos has loads of offerings to treat yourself or that special someone back home. There is something to peak the interest of the avid shopper, of which I absolutely am one. The occasional shopper will be pleased with the selection. I find each visit a new and rewarding experience and I seem to have little difficulty finding that little something unique that I of course just "gotta have".

It may be an elegant summer suit from a Lagos boutique to enhance my business wardrobe or a piece of pottery whose colours perfectly blend into the new decor of my freshly painted house. Allow your self at least a day to wander the old town and to scout out "your" favourite shops. Although large shopping malls have sprung up across the Algarve, nothing beats the unique charm of the variety of boutiques that Lagos has to offer, each with that little something that is

Our Favourite Treats to Take Home: Clothing; shoes; purses; cork place mats; cork-tile pot holders; pottery; port wine; coffee; sardine pate; cheeses

Tip: We shop at the mega supermarkets for their great selection of foods and wines and ports, to pick up many of our take home treats

In Lagos

Clothing

Boutiques in Lagos - Yours to discover!

Features: Small boutiques with unique styles both youthful and classic
Tips:
1)
Candido dos Reis continues to be my favourite street for clothing shops
2)
Large men will have difficulty finding extra large sizes in most Portuguese shops
3) Start your shopping day from the Town Waterfront to take advantage of the parking spaces that are more readily available than the route through the back of town.
Hidden Secrets: I have discovered some great boutiques at the bottom of office or apartment buildings around town, offering a unique selection of upscale fashions. You really need to roam around to discover these gems.

: You're on your own! Arm yourself with our maps and a good detailed street map of the old town of Lagos and get ready for a rewarding shopping adventure. You can pick up a street map at the tourist office in town or at most of the newspaper shops. You're best bet is to carry the maps, with you at all times, because the maze of streets are narrow and there are many! Note: Not all streets are found on the map, to add to the fun!

: Parking can be tricky in the town waterfront area. Try finding a space along the endless pay parking spots that border the waterfront boardwalk along the main road. You may need to drive up and down a few times until you find someone pulling out. Alternately you can use the pay parking lot that is directly across the road from the waterfront boardwalk, between the old town wall and the Post Office. The entrance to this lot is beside the intriguing marble plaza with the statue of Henry the Navigator. The charges are minimal, but just remember to pay the attendant before you leave and drive to the exit gate!

Lagos Marina Gift Shop

Features: Nice variety of quality sportswear boasting the Lagos marina emblem; we found sizes from XS to XXL
Tip: Stop in for a snack, some lunch or a drink, to take a break during this shopping escapade. We enjoy having a drink at the Lagos marina at sunset.

:1) The best way to get to the marina is to walk over the foot bridge from the Town Waterfront boardwalk. Walk straight ahead towards the palm tree lined strip with the elegant shops and cafes. Walk along the strip to the very end. Turn right and walk to the end again. Turn left and the gift shop is on your right. It's worth the walk as you can enjoy the luxurious boats en route.

2) Alternatively you can drive: From Tulip roundabout #5, drive straight to Black Ball roundabout #4 and take your first right down the road towards the Town Waterfront. Drive on through town and past the Marina to the Ironworks roundabout #3. Turn right. At the next intersection and then turn right again. You will now be driving behind the marina, with the marina on your right and the train station on your left.

: Loads of parking available behind the marina

Pottery and Handicrafts

Pottery and handicraft shops in Lagos - Enjoy the variety!

Features: A colourful sampling and great assortment of pottery and local crafts
Tips:
1)
Rua 25 de Abril has become our favourite street for pottery. This tiny street is loaded with a multitude of tiny shops offering a variety of handicrafts and pottery styles and colours representative of various regions in the Algarve.
2) Roam through the many streets in Lagos to discover the hidden shopping secrets.
3) Also take time en route, to admire the historic architecture, the "azulejos" (tile) mosaics and the intricate wrought iron balconies and window dressings. This is one awesome value-add of a shopping stroll around Lagos and perhaps just what it takes to entice that partner who has no interest in shopping!!!

: From the Town Waterfront, walk to Praça Gil Eanes which is located between the Correios (post office) and Portugal Telecom. Rua 25 de April is one of the many streets that stems off from this square and is parallel to the Town Waterfront boardwalk.

: Parking can be tricky in the town waterfront area. Try finding a space along the endless pay parking spots that border the waterfront boardwalk along the main road. You may need to drive up and down a few times until you find someone pulling out. Alternately you can use the pay parking lot that is directly across the road from the waterfront boardwalk, between the old town wall and the Post Office. The entrance to this lot is beside the intriguing marble plaza with the statue of Henry the Navigator. The charges are minimal, but just remember to pay the attendant before you leave and drive to the exit gate!


Shoes

Shoe Shops in the Lagos - In the Old Town

Features: Lagos has a few boutiques with a unique assortment of elegant quality shoes

: Roam around the old town to discover these shops

: Parking along the town waterfront area

Mundo do Sapato - on the east side of Lagos

Features: Warehouse style superstore with a variety of well priced shoes for the entire family

: On the east side of Lagos; past the Pingo Doce; from Lagos, drive east on the EN125 towards Portimão; Mundo do Sapato has a huge presence on the left side of the road and is well signed; it is just before Odiáxere; the store is beside the Mestre Maco

: Parking along the town waterfront area


Outside of Lagos

Pottery and Handicrafts Tour

Great adventure on a rainy day - try out our favourites and discover your own!

Features: Each pottery den has it's unique offering of styles and colours of pottery; they also offer a large variety of local crafts. The shops and choices are endless and can be seen from the highway so get ready to make those quick stops as you spot one; mind the traffic please!

West - between Lagos and Sagres

Hipercerâmica Paraíso Lda

Features: Great selection of decorative pottery, functional dinnerware, linens; tiles; cork; leather slippers, woven baskets
Tip:
1)
Look down at the parking lot ground which is made of colourful crushed tile
2) Bring lots of cash for all those goodies you will feel compelled to purchase, as credit cards are not accepted
Location: EN125; Raposeira; west of Lagos; between Lagos and Sagres
Driving time from Lagos: 20 min.
: From Lagos heading west on the EN125, you will come to the town of Raposeira. The shop is on the left, just as you are about to exit the town
: The private parking lot has an abundance of space


A Mó

Features: Great selection of decorative pottery, linens; tiles; cork; leather slippers
Tip:
1)
Same owners as Hiperceramica above. So if you are looking to purchase a few items of a particular pattern and you cannot find the style/quantity in one location (frequent occurrence in Portugal), try the other store
2) The owners have two other shops in the centre of Lagos, worth visiting
Location: EN125; Sagres; west of Lagos; between Beliche and Sagres
Driving time from Lagos: 30 min.
: From Lagos heading west on the EN125, head directly to Sagres. Go through the town of Sagres and towards Cabo São Vincente. Just as you exit Sagres the shop is on your right. Look for the bright yellow sign and the multitude of ceramic plates on the outside wall.
: The private parking lot has an abundance of space

East - between Lagos and Porches

Olaria Algarve Porches Pottery

Features: Unique selection and design of decorative pottery, made on the premises; watch the artists at work!
Tips:
1) Large We had the pleasure of speaking with Juliet Fortune (Swift) and her sister Estella, owners of this family run business. They are artists who have introduced some unique and interesting variations to the already beautiful Portuguese traditional pottery designs. It is an absolute pleasure to return to this delightful pottery den to watch the artists hand paint these works of art, before your very eyes.
2) They offer shipping to International destinations, so you can shop to your hearts content and have the items shipped to your home destination.
Location: EN125, Porches-Lagoa
Driving time from Lagos: 40 min.
: From Lagos head east on the A22 motorway. Take the Alcantarilha/Armaçao de Pêra exit to a roundabout. At the roundabout, take the 2nd exit labeled"Lagos/Portimão/Lagoa". Drive for approx. 6km past the Aqualand to the town of Porches. Look for Olaria on your left.
: The private parking lot has an abundance of space


Casa Grade
Features: Great selection of decorative pottery, linens; tiles, cork; leather slippers
Tip: I continue to be impressed with the quality of packing of our purchases at Casa Grade; if you let them know that you are flying home they use the protective bubble wrap. This alone makes it worth purchasing your delicate items here. We chatted with Eugénio, one of Casa Grade's partners and he takes great pride in the quality of products he offers as well at the attention to packaging your purchases, so that they return home safely. If you are from the European Union, the shipping charges are reasonable and avoid the hassle of carrying things home yourself. Casa Grade does deliver worldwide. They have been in business since 1979.
Location: EN125, Porches-Lagoa
Driving time from Lagos: 40 min.
: From Lagos head east on the A22 motorway. Take the Alcantarilha exit to a roundabout. At the roundabout, take the 2nd exit labeled"Lagos/Portimão/Lagoa". Drive for approx. 6km past the Aqualand to the town of Porches. Look for Casa Grade is on your right, approx. 100 metres after Olaria pottery.
: The private parking lot has an abundance of space


Artesanto Reis

Features: Vast assortment of decorative pottery, linens; tiles, cork; leather slippers; Port wine.
Location: EN125, Porches-Lagoa
Driving time from Lagos: 40 min.
: From Lagos head east on the A22 motorway. Take the Alcantarilha exit to a roundabout. At the roundabout, take the 2nd exit labeled Lagos/Portimão/Lagoa". Drive for approx. 6km past the Aqualand to the town of Porches. Look for Artesanto Reis on your right just before Olaria and Casa Grade pottery dens.
: The private parking lot has a few spots by the roadside

Mega Shopping Mall (if you must)

Another good activity on a rainy day - if you can handle hours in a shopping mall!

Algarve Shopping

Features: Opened air mega shopping mall with colourful Mediterranean decor and lots of plants; loads of domestic and international stores offering endless shopping treats to take home or to setup that holiday apartment; clothing; home decor items; books; sporting goods, music; appliances; Continente-supermarket; household appliances; a great food court; mobile phone retailers; you name it, it's here.
Location: A22 Guia; east of Lagos; between Lagoa and Albufeira
Driving time from Lagos: 45 min.
: From Lagos head east on the A22 motorway and take these exits over to Algarve Shopping. 1) Take the Albufeira/Guia exit. 2) Take the Guia/Alcantarilha/N125 exit and drive straight for a short while. 3) Take the Algarve Shopping exit. This takes you up on to an overpass, over the highway, through a U-turn, and onto the side of the Algarve Shopping. 4) Take the 1st exit into the Algarve Shopping parking lot.
: There is an abundance of outdoor and underground parking; note that the parking lot is usually loaded with cars and you may have to drive around to find that perfect spot.

 


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