Lagoa is one of the most important tourist municipalities of the Algarve, internationally known for its idyllic beaches. It is here that some of the most beautiful beaches in the country and the world are located, such as Marinha, Cova Redonda, Carvalho and Albandeira.
This town, dotted with white houses with the characteristic skirt chimneys, still preserves various traces of the past. In the 18th century it was extremely affected by the 1755 earthquake, and its reconstruction is evident by the amount of monuments and buildings from that time that we can find. In former times it lived essentially from fishing, today its economy revolves around tourism. Moreover, the name Lagoa has spread internationally mainly thanks to the good production of white wine, this being one of the most important demarcated regions in the country.
One of the most famous parishes of this municipality is Carvoeiro, where you can find some of the magnificent beaches that Lagoa has to offer, such as Carvoeiro beach and Vale de Centeanes beach, both with calm waters of an enchanting blue colour. It is also here that Algar Seco is located, an area that is home to rock formations naturally sculpted by the water, and where you can access charming caves with a view of the sea, such as the famous Boneca cave. In Carvoeiro you will also find a wide range of accommodation, restaurants, bars and local shops.
The municipality of Lagoa is stunning from the land, but even more so from the sea. That is why it is worth taking a boat trip and discovering some spots that are inaccessible by land, such as Gruta do Paraíso (Paradise Cave), Gruta do Vale Covo (Cave of Vale Covo) and the famous Benagil Cave, which serves as a postcard of the Algarve for the whole world.
Lagoa is also home to a small fishing village, from where you will have a privileged view over the Portimão’s Marina. Ferragudo is situated on the banks of the river Arade and also has several beaches that are not to be missed, especially the beach of Angrinha, known for its castle on the seafront, the Fort of São João do Arade. In the town centre, which you can easily explore by foot, you will find several restaurants, bars and cafés serving the region’s typical dishes.