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Lagoa is a town situated between Portimão and Silves in the centre of the Western Algarve. The town was founded around a lagoon, which is where the name Lagoa comes from. Its marshes were dried to create fertile farmland and homes for settlement.

A few decades ago, the vineyards and the fishing industry was the town’s main source of income. Today, Lagoa’s economy is geared almost completely around tourism, making it an incredible place to visit.

Church of Our Lady of LightThe Igreja Matriz, or Church of Our Lady of Light, is located in the centre of the village. The exterior of the church displays elements of Baroque design while inside you can see the beautiful image of ‘Our Lady of Light’, amongst other examples of 17th and 18th Century religious art. Every year, on the 8th September, there’s a grand procession to honour ‘Our Lady of Light’. It follows the Via Sacra (Sacred Route) past several beautiful chapels, which display beautiful tiles depicting the Passion of Christ.

Convent of Saint JosephBuilt around the year 1713 by members of the Carmelite order of nuns, this convent fostered and educated abandoned girls. At the entrance of the Convent you can see the ‘baby wheel’, which was once used for receiving unwanted children. This convent is now used as a cultural centre with painting, photography and pottery exhibitions.

Municipal Park of Springs or Fontes de EstômbarThis nature park located on the left bank of the Arade estuary has a restored watermill, a reconstructed Algarvean house, an open-air amphitheatre and a gorgeous area for picnics. It also has a number of beautiful rock pools created by the natural water springs, which can be used for bathing. The amphitheatre plays host to the Lagoa Jazz Festival every year, which is held on the third weekend of June.

BeachesLagoa has a brilliant selection of beautiful beaches, lined by clear, turquoise water. The most popular beaches in the area include Benagil and Marinha. You can also hire boats to get to more isolated beaches such as Corredora, Pau, Malhada do Baraço, Barranquinho, Salgueiro or Estanquinha – perfect for a little peace and quiet.

GolfThe Algarve is famous for its golf, and Loagoa is no exception. Golf lovers should not miss the Vale da Pinta: a championship course located in an old olive grove near Carvoeiro. Vale do Milho and Quinta do Gramacho are short nine hole courses but offer a challenging play that will keep even the most well-versed golfer interested.

Food and DrinksLagoa is famous for its wines, which offer a fruity taste and low acidity, and Adega Cooperativa do Algarve and Quinta do Vale offer popular guided wine tasting tours. Remember, they fill up quick, so we recommend booking well in advance. When it comes to food, no visit to the Algarve is complete without sampling the local fresh seafood. Traditional favourites include grilled sardines, aromatic fish soup, fish stews known as ‘Cataplana’, boiled mackerel ‘carapaus alimados’ - and Arabian style lamb for those who like their meals a little more meaty.

Where to stay in Lagoa

Salgados Beach featuring waves, a city and a beach

Armacao de Pera

4.5/5Wonderful!(74 area reviews)

Armacao de Pera is popular for its beaches, and if you're looking for more to see and do, you might think about a trip to Senhora da Rocha Beach or Salgados Beach.

Armacao de Pera
Porches, Lagoa, Faro District, Portugal

Porches

The beaches and abundant dining options are top of the list for many visitors to Porches. A stop by Senhora da Rocha Beach or Cova Redonda Beach might round out your trip.

Porches
Marinha Beach featuring rocky coastline and general coastal views

Lagoa e Carvoeiro

While visiting Lagoa e Carvoeiro, you might make a stop by sights like Benagil Beach and Marinha Beach.

Lagoa e Carvoeiro
Alporchinhos, Lagoa, Faro District, Portugal

Alporchinhos

If you're spending some time in Alporchinhos, Senhora da Rocha Beach and Cova Redonda Beach are top sights worth seeing.

Alporchinhos

Top hotels in Lagoa

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Vila Vita Parc Resort & Spa
Vila Vita Parc Resort & Spa
5 out of 5
Rua Anneliese Pohl, Alporchinhos, Porches, Lagoa, Algarve
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is £405 per night

Nestled on the beach, this Armacao de Pera hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Cova Redonda Beach and Senhora da Rocha Beach. Marinha Beach is 2.8 mi (4.4 km) ...

4.9/5Exceptional! (364 reviews)

"Fantastic hotel with great restaurants on site which range from fine dining to beach pool snacks."…"

Reviewed on 17 Mar 2020

Vila Vita Parc Resort & Spa
Vilalara Thalassa Resort
Vilalara Thalassa Resort
5 out of 5
Praia Das Gaivotas, Lagoa
The price is £283 per night

Offering direct access to the beach, this Armacao de Pera hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Cova Redonda Beach and Senhora da Rocha Beach. Marinha Beach is ...

4.8/5Exceptional! (478 reviews)

"This resort was stunning it had everything we needed. The beach was beautiful and clean, the breakfast was lovely for me. It was a nice and quiet place to be. I have to say the best thing for me was the staff. They had everything down to a t. When I arrived and walked into my room they had soy milk ..."…"

Reviewed on 30 Oct 2019

Vilalara Thalassa Resort
Água Hotels Riverside
Água Hotels Riverside
4 out of 5
Quinta das Marinhas do Parchal, Lagoa
The price is £71 per night

This family-friendly Lagoa hotel is located on the riverwalk, within 1 mi (2 km) of Portimao Harbor and Arade Congress Center. Slide and Splash Water Park is ...

4.1/5Very Good! (418 reviews)

"Quartos muito grandes e limpos. Staff muito simpático. Excelente pequeno almoço. SPA agradável mas pequeno."…"

Reviewed on 28 Feb 2020

Água Hotels Riverside

Popular places to visit in Lagoa

Senhora da Rocha Beach
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Senhora da Rocha Beach

4.5/5(61 reviews)

Nothing says holiday like spending a lazy day at Senhora da Rocha Beach, a popular beach in Lagoa.

Carneiros Beach
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Carneiros Beach

5/5(1 review)

If a restful holiday is part of your travel plans, Carneiros Beach might be the perfect place to visit during your trip to Lagoa. Wander the picturesque gardens in this quaint area.

Albandeira Beach
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Albandeira Beach

Why not spend a care-free afternoon at Albandeira Beach during your travels in Lagoa? Amble within the gardens or visit the spas in this relaxing area.

Top things to do in Lagoa

Zoomarine Park
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Zoomarine Park

£29
Per adult
92% of travellers recommend
Lagos, Sagres and Cape St.Vincent Bus Tour
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Lagos, Sagres and Cape St.Vincent Bus Tour

£18
Per adult
78% of travellers recommend
Slide & Splash Waterpark
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Slide & Splash Waterpark

£26
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend
Silves and Monchique Mountain Half-Day Tour
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Silves and Monchique Mountain Half-Day Tour

£18
Per adult
88% of travellers recommend
Jeep Safari 4X4 Day Tour In Algarve with Lunch
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Jeep Safari 4X4 Day Tour In Algarve with Lunch

£48
Per adult
88% of travellers recommend
Ilovesup Benagil
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Ilovesup Benagil

£48
Per adult

Cities near Lagoa

Rocha Beach featuring a sandy beach and general coastal views

Praia da Rocha

Tres Irmaos Beach which includes general coastal views, rugged coastline and a beach

Portimao

Marinha Beach featuring rocky coastline and general coastal views

Carvoeiro

Salgados Beach featuring a beach, a coastal town and general coastal views

Silves