An Instagrammer’s Guide To Lagos

Lagos, a small town in The Algarve, Portugal, is perfect for those picturesque holiday snaps as there’s just so many instagrammable places you could practically take a photo at every street corner. From old, cobbled streets to a gorgeous marina, Lagos is the perfect backdrop to give your followers holiday envy.

The Marina

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The beautiful marina is a no brainer when naming pretty places in Lagos as it is a stunning place complete with a whole load of different boats and the bright, shimmering Mediterranean Sea. With two levels of shops and restaurants running the edge of it you can get multiple angles for photos; both from the lower level looking over the water or walking down a jetty and from the comfort of a table or balcony on the second tier. This place gives off serious Monaco vibes with all the boats, though there’s quite a few less billion pound yachts here in Lagos!

The Old Town

Lagos is split into two parts, the old and new town. The old town, full of cobbled streets and quaint historical Portugese buildings is a blogger’s dream for the Mediterranean vibe in a photo. It’s easy to find a quiet side street to take photos, I’d definitely recommend exploring the old town to find the perfect spot (plus this means you’ll probably, almost definitely, need to stop for an ice cream at some point, what a catastrophe eh?).

The old town is jammed full of cute cafés and quirky little restaurants perfect for those food snaps. The outdoor seating is also great for shots of you sitting down or candidly sipping on a drink whilst showing off an outfit.

As well as its cobbled streets and cute little cafés the old town also has a massive town square with lots of stone steps to sit on and beautiful view over the bay. This usually gets quite busy though so I’d aim to get here quite early in the morning so that it’s clearer so you can get the perfect shot.

The New Town

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The new town also offers some great photo opportunities, with large apartment building walls boasting colourful street art this could really work if you have a more edgier, fun aesthetic. Skeleton street art is just one example of the hidden treasures dotted around Lagos, perfect for creating a backdrop for outfit shots.

Ponta Da Piedade

Just outside of Lagos there is a gorgeous cliff formation called Ponta da Piedade which is great for picturesque photos sat on a rock looking out across the horizon, or if you climb down the steps to the waters edge, a photo with wild waves in the background. The vibrant orange rock creates a bold background for photos, which depending on your aesthetic, can be a very good thing.

All in all, Lagos is a very beautiful town at the far end of the Algarve which I really recommend you visit!

Love Chloe x

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Don’t Forget To Pack!

When we’re jetting off somewhere exotic it’s very easy to forget simple things, which we always seem to remember we’ve forgotten when we’re in the air on the way to our destination, when it’s a little too late to turn around and pick it up. This is a list of things you should always remember to pack as well as a couple of travel tips from me. Click on images to shop!


Suncream. Suncream. Suncream.

I don’t know how many times I can say it; you simply cannot forget to pack sun cream. Protecting your skin should be a number one priority, especially when travelling abroad, as lathering on sun cream can prevent you from developing lots of skin diseases. Lots of people make the mistake of thinking ‘I don’t burn so I don’t need sun cream’ when that is completely and utterly wrong. Whether you burn or not sun cream protects your skin from UV rays so you need to wear it.

Another common misconception is that if you wear sun cream it stops you from tanning, when in fact it can help. I recommend using a tan enhancing sun lotion, like this one, or sun oil, my favourite one is by Garnier, which protects skin whilst helping you gain a tan. If you’re going to wear makeup on holiday I’d recommend buying a foundation or primer with SPF in it for added sun protection on the face.



After sun

Despite wearing sun cream it is quite likely, if you’re fair skinned like me, that you will get burnt. After sun is a necessity when you’re burnt as it cools and soothes the skin after sun exposure. Cover every burnt area in it on the nighttime and it should help the burn to heal a lot quicker than without.


Bug spray

Bug bites are the bane of my life on holiday so I always drench myself in bug spray when I’m in a country where there are lots of mosquitoes. This is important to prevent butes which can become infected or spread disease, this one is very effective. 


Extra underwear

When you’re on holiday you often change multiple times a day, whether that’s getting in and out of bikinis or showering after being in the pool or the sea. Because of that you’re going to need more underwear than you would do at home; I usually bring three or four extra pairs. If you don’t end up using them then they don’t take up much room in your bag anyway so it’s not wasted and I assure you you’ll be very grateful that you did if the need for more underwear does arise!



Extra sunglasses

If you’re anything like me then you practically go blind in the sun. The minute I step outside I can’t stop squinting and so if I lose my sunglasses or they break whilst I’m away then I’m stuffed. I always recommend bringing at least a couple of pairs as you’ll always have a spare. Also, with more variety you can choose different coloured pairs to match your outfit!



Pack a bikini and change of clothes in your hand luggage 

Nothing is more annoying than your luggage going missing when you’re travelling to your destination. You’re left stranded in a new place with only the clothes you’ve got on your back and nothing much else. I’ve brought an extra bikini and change of clothes in my hand luggage for as long as I can remember, just in case the worst happens. That way you’ve probably got enough to last you for a couple of days at least, and you don’t need to wait for your luggage to arrive to be able to go in the pool!

I hope these travel tips and tricks help you as much as they’ve helped me, hopefully you won’t be stranded abroad without packing the necessities now!

What’s your top travel tip? Tell me in the comments below.

Love Chloe x