Vila do Bispo is a small town 22km to the west of Lagos and the centre of the municipality which includes towns such as Sagres, Budens and Raposeira. It is a pretty town with the older, typical Algarvean houses clustered around the 16th century church, and then expanding westwards with newer, more modern, buildings around the cultural centre and municipal building. You will find everything you need for your stay - there are two banks, an 'Alisuper' shop for groceries and plenty of places to eat out. There is a bigger supermarket, 'Ecomarche' on the main N125 at Budens - just a few minutes away by car - which is open every day of the year.
For a town of it's size, there are an amazing number of restaurants! Not surprisingly, fish is the main feature of the menus, as it is in an area surrounded by the sea; the boards outside listing the varieties fresh for that day. 'Perceves' is a real local delicacy and translates as 'goose barnacles'! In the hunting season (October to December) there will often be dishes of wild boar (javeli), hare (lebre), partridge (perdiz) and quails (codorniz) on offer as well.
Vila do Bispo is only a short distance from the coast - the nearest beach on the western atlantic coast is Praia do Castelejo (a favourite with surfers) and the beaches at Sagres are only about 8km. Between Sagres and Burgau, along the southern coastline, are many more quiet beaches which are well worth finding if you want to 'get away' from it all. The beaches of Ingrina and Zavial are the closest ( heading eastwards from Vila do Bispo -turn right at Raposeira traffic lights) and apart from being popular with surfers both also have a beach bar / restaurant if you just want to enjoy the view!