Lagoa

Travel Guide
Lagoa

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

Tivoli Carvoeiro
Tivoli Carvoeiro
5 out of 5
Apartado 1299, Vale Do Covo, Praia do Carvoeiro, Lagoa, 8401 - 911
The price is £231 per night from 28 May to 29 May
Stay at this 5-star luxury hotel in Lagoa. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and 2 outdoor pools. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful staff in their ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (973 reviews)
"The staff was great and attentive. We celebrated our honeymoon and my birthday here and they surprised us with a cake and champagne on both occasions"

Reviewed on 13 May 2022

Tivoli Carvoeiro
Vila Vita Parc Resort & Spa
Vila Vita Parc Resort & Spa
5 out of 5
Rua Anneliese Pohl, Alporchinhos, Porches, Lagoa, Algarve, 8400 - 450
The price is £343 per night from 6 Jun to 7 Jun
Stay at this 5-star luxury hotel in Lagoa. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi and free parking. Our guests praise the breakfast and the restaurant in their reviews. ...
4.9/5 Exceptional! (425 reviews)
"We had one of the best stays at Vila Vita Parc Hotel. The entire experience was fantastic. Staff, food, pool private beach was better than expected. We are definitely going to return."

Reviewed on 11 May 2022

Vila Vita Parc Resort & Spa
Vilalara Thalassa Resort
Vilalara Thalassa Resort
5 out of 5
Praia Das Gaivotas, Lagoa, 8400-450
The price is £341 per night from 4 Jun to 5 Jun
Stay at this 5-star luxury hotel in Lagoa. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi and free parking. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful staff in their reviews. ...
4.8/5 Exceptional! (518 reviews)
"We took the 2 hour private boat tour through dive spot. Highly recommend it! The staff was friendly and knowledgeable, offered us snacks and drinks. Dont miss out on this opportunity to see Algarve from the sea. The entire hotel staff was friendly and took excellent care of us."

Reviewed on 1 Apr 2022

Vilalara Thalassa Resort
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Be Smart Terrace Algarve
Be Smart Terrace Algarve
3 out of 5
Quinta das Palmeiras - E-3-IV, Alporchinhos, Lagoa, 8400-450
The price is £43 per night from 2 Jun to 3 Jun
Stay at this 3-star family-friendly aparthotel in Lagoa. Enjoy free WiFi, 2 outdoor pools and breakfast. Our guests praise the WiFi and the helpful staff in ...
4/5 Very Good! (177 reviews)
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"We booked us at the last minute and pleasantly surprised with a location. You really couldn’t ask for any better location. I really wouldn’t consider it a hotel, I would be rated as a short term rental perfect for families."

Reviewed on 14 Aug 2021

Be Smart Terrace Algarve
Pestana Palm Gardens
Pestana Palm Gardens
4 out of 5
Vale De Centeanes, Lagoa, 8400-525
The price is £96 per night from 27 May to 28 May
Stay at this 4-star family-friendly aparthotel in Lagoa. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and 2 outdoor pools. Our guests praise the WiFi and the helpful staff ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (207 reviews)
"Liked the property - nothing I didn't like."

Reviewed on 3 May 2022

Pestana Palm Gardens
Vitor's Village
Vitor's Village
Rua Infante D. Henrique, Sitio da Passagem Apartado 88, Lagoa, 8400-230
The price is £65 per night from 27 May to 28 May
Stay at this golf apartment in Lagoa. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and 3 outdoor pools. Our guests praise the bar and the comfy beds in their reviews. Popular ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (421 reviews)
"Great location and complex well looked after and very clean"

Reviewed on 15 Nov 2021

Vitor's Village
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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