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Unique Garden Apartment in the Heart of Lagos Old City

Bedrooms 1
Space 462 sq. ft.
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 7 - 8 nights


About the property

Beautifully renovated 1-bedroom apartment with patio & garden in historic Lagos


Fabulous old town Lagos apartment with a unique Moroccan garden for sunbathing, eating and BBQ. Cool & stylish inside, quiet ceiling fans and just 1 minute from bars, restaurants, clubs and only a few minutes walk to the best beaches in Europe.


Casinha Alegrias (The Happy House) is a unique apartment in Lagos Old Town (car not needed). It has a fabulous Moroccan courtyard garden, ideal for chilling, sunbathing, eating and BBQ´ing great fresh fish and meats from the local market (5-minute walk). The Casinha has just been renovated in the romantic Moorish style with stylish antique furniture and decor, also with super quiet ceiling fans for those warm Lagos evenings. Very quiet at night and the garden is beautifully illuminated for a truly romantic stay in one of Lagos´s finest locations.


You will have the whole apartment and garden to yourselves for the whole stay.


Parking is possible on the street in front of Casinha, subject to availability. Additionally, there are 2 public parking lots within 150m of the apartment.


Free wifi is available throughout the apartment and patio.


Our property managers, Destination Algarve, are located in central Lagos. They will do a "meet & greet" upon your arrival and are always available for any problems that may arise during your stay. We leave a Lagos information pack for you with all of the best local recommendations for eating, drinking, shopping, tours and beaches.


Lagos Old Town is a charming and historical area, yet within 5-10 minutes walk from some of Europe´s best beaches. 400 bars, restaurants and cafe´s, great clubs, and quirky shops await you...our guests come back year after year after they have fallen in love with Lagos


Excellent buses to all tourist points in Portugal and Spain. The train from Faro terminates at Lagos. Easy and cheap car rentals from Luz Car in Lagos and taxi´s are available 24 hours at the local taxi rank.


The apartment and the garden are very strictly non-smoking. The apartment is very romantic and therefore only suitable for couples without children, no noisy surfers or late clubbers, as our street is a typical Portuguese old town street, it is quiet at night, so no loud parties or music after 11pm.

Pets are not allowed.

More Details

Valerie & Randy
Member since: 2015
Premier Partner

This partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks English, French
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
15 March, 2018

About Valerie & Randy

Valerie and Randy have lived all over the world, from the U.S. to China, from France to Japan. We are currently living in Tokyo, Japan.

Valerie & Randy purchased this apartment in 2015

Why Valerie & Randy chose Lagos Centre

We fell in love with this area a couple years ago and decided to look for a property that provided the best that the area has to offer. And then we found Casinha Alegrias. Located on a quiet side street in the heart of the old town and historic center of Lagos, it is an oasis of tranquility with its centerpiece Moroccan-inspired garden and patio, yet just a stone's through away from an amazing array of restaurants, bars and shops. Some of the finest beaches in Europe are only a 10-15 walk away and the majestic Costa Vincentina is but a magnificent 30-minute drive away, with its wide open spaces that attract surfers, hikers and sunbathers alike.

What makes this apartment unique

The apartment was completely renovated in 2015. The apartment is contemporary yet cozy. The outdoor living space is the highlight of the property, perfect for lounging on a sunny afternoon or enjoying a romantic al fresco dinner at night.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday apartment Lagos Centre Lagos

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 1
Building Type:
  • building
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 462 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • not suitable for children
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • beach
  • near the sea
  • town
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Free Wifi
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed , Bed dimensions are 140cm x 190cm
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Balcony
  • Terrace ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • marina
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • snorkelling
  • caving
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing


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(14 traveller reviews)

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Unique Garden Apartment in the Heart of Lagos Old City
average rating of 4.714286 based on 14 reviews

location, location

  • 4 of 5

Loved the location in the heart of the old town. We were able to get around easily and to the beaches etc. without a car - using local buses. Valerie and Randy left a book of best restaurants, bakery etc. The property provided everything we needed - wi fi, tv, back yard, washer etc. The magic was the garden.

  • Review Submitted: 02-Mar-2018
  • Date of Stay: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Nina, Thank you very much for your lovely review! We're glad you enjoyed your stay at Casinha and in Lagos! Your timing was impeccable as you left just before the stormy weather! Very best, Valérie & Randy
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Excellent location

  • 4 of 5

This is an excellently located apartment within the old walls of Lagos. The first floor apartment is well provisioned and the company that looks after the apartment is always available,even providing a second set of keys when requested. The street itself is peaceful unless construction is going on. Because it was winter we did not get to use the beautiful terrace that often but it is certainly lovely. There are many excellent places to eat and the cliff walks are fabulous. We had a car so we could take interesting day trips to surrounding places. Lagos itself is a great place for a base to explore. We really enjoyed the apartment but because it was winter we found the apartment damp and poorly lit and we really needed the heaters provided. We also found the double bed too small for comfort but realize a bigger bed would not fit into the space. The biggest challenge for us was the ambient noise of the other residents especially the person above us who walked around in heavy shoes starting at 8:00 am. The acoustic properties of the building allow televisions and family noise from the other 3 apartments to encroach on the natural tranquility of the apartment. The love and care for the apartment by the owners is apparent.

  • Review Submitted: 16-Jan-2018
  • Date of Stay: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Janet, We are so glad that you enjoyed Lagos and its beautiful surroundings! But we are so sorry about the inconveniences you encountered with the neighbors. They usually are very understanding when there are guests in our apartment. It can be challenging to preserve the charm of old buildings in the heart of the old city like Casinha, while ensuring modern comforts. We recently equipped the apartment with dehumidifiers to combat the dampness you highlighted. We will continue to see what we can do going forward to further improve the livability during the winter months. We do hope though that the heaters and additional covers helped you stay warm at night. Thank you for still writing a kind review for our Casinha, we truly appreciate your feedback so we can improve our service to our guests. Sincerely, Valerie & Randy
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A great place to base a great holiday from.

  • 5 of 5

Excellent access to shops, bars and great places to eat., Beach only 10 minutes away. Quiet location. Loved the 10 days we had in Lagos.

  • Review Submitted: 31-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Mark and Jo, thank you very much for the nice review! We too love being so close to everything while in a quiet residential street at the same time! We're so glad you enjoyed your stay, come back anytime! Very best, Valerie & Randy
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Lovely apartment in Lagos old town

  • 5 of 5

Had a fantastic week here. Cool and quiet in the algarve summer heat, with lovely, secluded patio for evenings. Easy walking down into the old town and to the local beaches. Thoroughly recommended.

  • Review Submitted: 30-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Martin, thank you so much for your nice review! We're glad that you enjoyed your stay at Casinha Alegrias and in Lagos! You're welcome back to our Casinha anytime! Very best, Valerie & Randy
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This was the perfect property for what we wanted. Old town centre and lots to do.

  • 5 of 5

We like that in a private apartment you can sleep in without room service or banging doors of hotel rooms. This apartment was really in the ideal location to all amenities. The old town feel was perfect. Within yards you have a beautiful coffee shop and small market.

It's about 150 yards to the Main Street were all restaurants and shops are. It is about 5 minutes walk to the beach.

We drove to other places within 30 minutes of Lagos but found Lagos had the best to offer.

  • Review Submitted: 23-Jun-2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Kenneth, Thank you so much for your review! We also love to be right in the old city with everything walking distance! We hope you will come back to our Casinha! Valerie & Randy
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Cosy,convenient and clean

  • 5 of 5

The casinha was clean and very well equipped. Last year we stayed in a rental in Gardone where we had to start our holiday by shopping for basics such as toilet paper but Valerie and Randy have thought of everything including small useful items such as a travel adaptor. Towels and beach towels provided too and a nice lady called midweek to provide a change of clean towels.

Super location close to great restaurants: the best one we found for food and service was Real Portuguese just 1 minute walk around the corner where we ate three times during the week. Also really close to fresh food markets, shops, little museums and Science Centre-all easy walking distance. Not too far either to walk to the train station for a day out e.g. Sagres and the area is well served by local bus service. The staff in the tourist information in Gil Eanes square were really helpful and can give you a free map of Lagos which is invaluable for finding your way around the maze of small streets.

It was lovely to sit in the private courtyard garden and we took the advice not to leave food unattended as the gulls had their eye on our breakfast. We also appreciated the huge fan in the bedroom-no noise and it kept the bedroom cool enough to sleep comfortably.

Thank you for the friendly welcome by Fiona from Destination Algarve too who met us at the Casinha on arrival. A most relaxing holiday.

  • Review Submitted: 09-Jun-2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Julia, Thank you so very much for your review, we are very happy that you enjoyed Casinha Alegrias and beautiful Lagos! We try to make our guests feel at home and it's always rewarding to have happy guests in Casinha! Come back soon! Very best, Valerie & Randy
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Nearest Airport
90 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
900 Metres
Praia da Batata
Car: not necessary


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Cleaning Fee £20.44
Damage Deposit £222.16

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