T’was only days before Christmas, but the gift list is still full, stay away from the crowded chain stores. Go to historic Lagos and enjoy little shops filled with local goodies for everyone on your list.
The holidays are the best time to drink local wine with a tuna capriccio. To snuggle in warm shawls woven from friendly Portuguese sheep, buy fun bags and baskets, delicate lace and embroidery. Then enjoy a hot chocolate with pasteis de nata under the winter sun on a sidewalk terrace.
If you’re living or visiting in Lagos, have a Portuguese Christmas. These three shops carry only items made in Portugal. I have been to each of them, they all have something I would love to find in my stocking. All located in historic Centro, just blocks from each other.
Have fun! Shop local in Lagos for your last minute Christmas gifts!
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 filled with local 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 and other textiles. 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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Visit my page “Shop Portugal In Lagos” for markets and shops with products made in Portugal. If you know of a market or shop, please let me know by e-mail at: constanceabroad@gmail or leave a message on my page.