Highlights: Lagos and Faro, Portugal

This post is part of the Highlights series, where you'll find my favorite photos and anecdotes from trips and excursions I've taken. For a more detailed explanation of where to go and what to do, check out one of my City Guides.

After spending a few days in crowded Lisbon we rented a car and drove to Lagos, in the Algarve region of Portugal. While this is normally a hotspot for surfers and beach-goers, we went in the off season, so it was practically deserted. (Just how we like it!)

Much like the rest of Portugal, Lagos has some spectacular street art!

Before leaving Portugal, we drove through Faro for a few hours, and our only regret was not being able to spend more time there. The buildings were bright white or pale pink with vibrant pops of gold, burnt orange, and emerald green, and the streets were beautifully laid cobblestone.

We popped inside a church, which appeared to be one of the town's gems. The inside was intentionally simple, which made all the details like the vaulted ceiling and the bright teal gates stand out. From the top there was a 360-degree view of nearly the whole town.

Next to the church was a courtyard lined with orange trees that were extremely tempting, but just out of reach. This was probably for the best...

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