Lagoa municipality, located in the western Algarve, is today a popular tourist destination, whether for its natural landscape diversity, as well as for the harmony in the junction of antiquity with modernity. Bounded to the west by Arade river, it benefits to the south of an about 17 km long coastline, displaying picturesque and stunning beaches of fine sand and crystalline water. The main economic activity of the municipality is naturally linked to tourism, but fishing, wine culture and crafts, specially pottery, also constitute a source of wealth. It is also sought after as a golfing destination, in which one can find some of the most popular fields for the practice of this activity. The cultural and economic potential of the region is manifested in Fatacil, the largest annual craft show, which is held in August. Here you will find numerous exhibitors, businesses and artisans disclosing their handmade products, an event that also organizes numerous musical performances. And if you're looking for a souvenir of Lagoa, the miniatures of typical Algarve wagons and gaudy fishing boats are among the most elaborate and representative objects of the region, as well as the linen embroidery, tapestries and wool dolls. At the table, the grilled sardines, the fragrant fish or seafood cataplana (dish made in a traditional copper recipient), the papas de milho com berbigão (corn porridge with cockles) and the feijoada de buzinas (bean stew with horns) are the most appreciated delicacies of the local cuisine. And to accompany the main course there is nothing better than the famous Lagoa wine with aromas of wild berries. In desserts, the highlight goes to the traditional almond and fig sweets of the Algarve.
What to do in Lagoa
Parque Natural do Sítio das Fontes
A place of rare beauty along the left bank of the Arade river. The park occupies 18 hectares, with several environments: the "sapal", the bog, the woods, a lagoon, farmlands and water courses. Nearby there are vestiges of human activities, …
Museu do Rancho Folclórico do Calvário
A museum located at the siege of the folk group that aims to preserve ethnographic objects donated by friends and members of the group.
Slide & Splash
One of the best Water Parks in Europe, located just a few muinutes from Portimão with all kinds of water activities and diversions. The ideal place for a day of strong emotions and sensations! Its main attraction is the Black …
Mercado Municipal de Lagoa
This centenary building is one of the ex-libris of pond, where you can find fresh fish every day, as well as the more traditional Portuguese gastronomy products.
Percurso dos Sete Vales Suspensos
This route, which stretches along 5.6 kilometres, follow the winding lines of cliffs located between Vale Centianes Beach and Praia da Marinha. The route develops along a line of cliffs, interrupted by a few lines of water, which flow above …
Miradouro do Carvoeiro
This hermitage has views of the Carvoeiro beach and of the nearby cliffs, sculpted by erosion. A privileged place to view the streets in the centre of Carvoeiro.
Praia de Benagil
A small beach with fine quality water, located by a typical friendly fishing village. There are rustic restaurants that serve local dishes.
Praia da Nossa Senhora da Rocha
A very nice beach that ends in cliffs, quite attended for its calm, good quality waters. A part of the beach is a small port for fishing boats. In the vicinity there is a hermitage, an old pilgrimage local of …
Praia dos Caneiros
In between cliffs, this is a quite lovely beach, easy to access and with fine quality water. On the west area thre is naturism.
Praia da Marinha
A beach located in a lovely, somewhat rocky bay, with a lovely stretch of sand in between cliffs. A true cave paradise, its waters are much enjoyed by divers. Classed as Praia Dourada (Golden Beach), it has a good parking …
Praia do Vale de Centianes
A beach located in between rocks and cliffs, with many shells on the sand and fine quality water. The access, not at all easy, is by a walk next to the rocks.
Praia do Carvoeiro
A very pleasant sand shell located in a tourism centre. IT is possible to rent pedal boats and visit the caves. At night there is live music. Thre are several typical restaurant with accessible prices.
Vale da Pinta Golf
Having received several international competitions, the golf course of Vale da Pinta Golf Resort is already recognized for its quality and beauty. It was opened in 1992 and is known for scenic wealth, where are some trees with more than …
Convento de São José
This Carmelite monastery with cloister, Chapel and lookout tower already exists roughly from 1730. The building was, throughout its history, by various functions but from 1993 was harboring one of the poles of the cultural activity of the pond.
Ermida de Nossa Senhora da Rocha
Building origins indented is situated in a narrow that penetrates the sea. This Chapel incorporates in its construction earlier Roman building stones\/existing medieval nearby. Inside there is a valuable image of the Virgin and child from the 16th century. This …
Forte de São João do Arade (vestígios)
Formed, along with the Forte de Santa Catarina, the defense of the estuary of the rio Arade. Formed originally by a watchtower, it was enlarged in the 17th and 18th centuries. On the initiative of the poet Coelho Carvalho suffered …
Igreja de Nossa Senhora da Conceição
Church in which we highlight the following: the collection of ex-votos of fishermen, the altar of the 16th century and the religious images. Inside stands a set of images of the 20th century. 17th and 18th centuries and a beautiful …
Where to eat in Lagoa
Restaurant divided into two spaces, one for light meals and the other with more elaborate dishes. O…
Portuguese, Regional, Vegetarian
Sueste restaurant in Ferragudo, is a place where you can enjoy the freshest fish, grilled with know…
A rustic restaurant, comfortable and cozy that has a fixed price (20 €) at dinner in all inclusive.…
The B&G restaurant situated on the top floor of the Vilalara Thalassa Resort in Alporchinhos, with …
Os pratos à la carte são uma boa opção para os menos curiosos e, apesar da confeção magnífica, most…
Achieve perfection is impossible, but trying is what chef Hans Neuner makes daily to command of the…
Italian, World Food
The aromas and flavors of Belmondo Ristorante fascinate the appreciators of the genuine Italian cui…
German, World Food
Espaço agradável com uma assinatura “comida para cerveja”, mas que combina diversas bebidas e comid…
Localizada no Carvoeiro, esta Steakhouse apresenta uma ementa especializada em carnes de excelência…
Where to sleep in Lagoa
Luxurious and elegant resort, located near Carvoeiro and a few minutes from Caneiros beach. It offers 22 rooms, two suites and 80 and 80 Townhouses, with 1 or …
Built on the cliff at praia Vale do Covo, the Tivoli Carvoeiro is located in the picturesque village of Carvoeiro. This Moorish-style hotel offers a refined an…
With 11 acres of gardens by the sea, the Vilalara Thalassa Resort is an exclusive space dedicated to well-being. The gardens and a direct access to a beach of …
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