When in Portugal…
I eat garlicky olives; drink Alentejo wine with cheese from Trás-os-Montes. Our food comes from the local waters and fresh market, seasoned with salt raked from the Algarve coast. Portuguese honey sweetens our tea. I adore the warm shawls, shoes and bags made of local cork and leather, delicate lace and embroidery; all made with love in Portugal.
If you’re living or visiting in Lagos, enjoy the best of Portugal.
Shop Local in Lagos!
Lagos Saturday Market It’s held in front of the bus station. One block behind the Avenida dos Descobrimentos at the marina bridge.
Open early every Saturday morning, ends about12:30. Arrive early to get the freshest produce. The corner of the permanent building has a public scale to check the weight of your purchase. Bring a pen and paper to shop, most vendors speak only Portuguese.
What to buy: Seasonal vegetables and fruit. Home made cakes and sweets. Natural skin care products. Flowers. Algarve salt and local honey
What to avoid: Being overcharged, pay attention! Know your numbers and weights (in Portuguese).
For more tips read my Lagos Saturday Market Guide, here at An Adventure Abroad.
Lagos Tourist Office Rua Vasco da Gama (S. João), 8600-722 Lagos Directly next to the police station on the main placa. Tel: 282 763 031 Open Mon-Sat. 9:30am-12:30pm then 14:00-17:30
The Lagos tourist office is a wealth of information with great free brochures and maps of everything Lagos, plus nature maps of the Algarve. It also has an enormous selection of Portuguese made products for sale, from books to olive oil and even local organic wine. English is spoken.
What to buy: Cookbooks, Photo books, Tour and trail books (in several languages). Great Tee-Shirts and Totes with hip designs.
What to Avoid: Nothing, I am longing for a couple of the books I saw.
For more information on the Algarve go to the official website: www.visitalgarve.com
Maria do Mar Canned Fish and Tasting Two Locations: In Lagos: Rua Conselheiro Joaquim Machado, 21 8600-862 Lagos Tel 926 555 896 In Portimão: Rua Direcita, 89 8500-626 Portimão Tel 282 094 104
It took me almost a year to find this beautiful shop filled with one of my favorite snacks, tinned fish. Sardines, Mackerel, Octopus and Tuna, all canned in every flavor I wished for, and some flavors I never dreamed of. Each item is pure Portugal. English is spoken.
What to buy: Everything! Their specialties include; Sardine roe, caught only in November and December. Dried Tuna. Think capriccio, but with thinly sliced tuna, amazing.
Gift baskets with wine, Algarve sea salt and a variety of fish. Shipping available Closed January and February
Saudade Gift Shop Rua 25 de Abril, 77 8600-723 Lagos
Located on the busiest street in Centro, Suadade offers a diverse selection of Portuguese products, from woven baskets to high end collectable artisan ceramics by Margarita Gorgulho. Toiletries from Claus of Porto, traditional housewares, toys and exquisite woven throws. Open all year except Feb-March.
What to buy: Soaps by Claus of Porto, Baskets; all sizes, shapes and price points. Even the post cards are Portuguese made. It is a four star shop to visit when looking for a great reminder of your Lagos holiday. English is spoken
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