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Lagoa History
Somewhere between 1242 and 1246 the Moors took possession of this then small-fortified hamlet and placed it under the control of nearby Silves. The location was formally declared a town only to be severely destroyed by the earthquake of 1755. It was in this town in 1797 that the notorious bandit José Joaquim Sousa Reis known as Remexido was born. Commanding a fierce band of followers his acts are recorded as a mixture of good and bad legends and most of the Algarve and the neighbouring northern Alentejo district suffered by his hand. He died before a firing squad in 1838. The town of Lagoa has since grown as an administrative town for the area that once lived off its abundant agricultural products.

Lagoa Description
Within the town are a number of long buildings with double doors that open into courtyards, off which are often more than just a large storeroom with a suitable dwelling. The produce was dependent on the time of year and could be from carob beans to topsoil vegetable products. On the outskirts of the town is a co-operative for the owners of vineyards that still produce a full bodied red wine. This amount of wine produced has been seriously effected by the diminish of vineyards as their owners over recent years have found a new pot of gold by selling their land as building plots. The parish church was inaugurated in 1814 but there is the older church, the Igreja de Misericórdia that dates from the middle of the 18th century. In August of every year an important commercial and rural produce Fair named Fatacil is held in the town exhibiting products from all over Portugal. The occasion provides an excuse for enjoyment and national bands with their singers entertain the visitors late into the night.

Lagoa Nearby Locations
The nearby town of Estombar has a history dating further back to the Moorish occupation. It was the home of the famous 11th century Arab poet “Ibn Ammar”. Many local legends exist and there are reputed to be subterranean passages from near this town going inland for about 12 kms. to the ancient Moorish capital of Silves. Near to Estombar is an area named Sitio de Fontes that has for centuries been a popular swimming spot due to two freshwater springs that provide a small lagoon prior to joining the Rio Arade. The authorities have now created at this attractive area an open area for performing plays and general picnicking. To the south of the Lagoa is the once small fishing village of Carvoeiro that today is an area of expensive villas, comfortable holiday apartments and golf courses. To the east is the small and attractive village of Porches that dates from the Roman period. Unfortunately the earthquake of 1755 destroyed the ancient castle and also the original parish church that is believed to date from the 16th century. To the west of Lagoa on the edge of the Rio Arade opposite the town of Portimão is the small town of Ferragudo. Romantically said to have once been the home of local pirates this place has retained much of its Portuguese flavour and as yet it has not been too influenced by tourism. During the summer on weekend evenings the main square is filled with the sound of music and laughter as the locals and tourists dance the night away.

Lagoa Weather Forecast

Lagoa Events
24th June - Feira de São João
2nd Friday of August - Fatacil

Lagoa Photos
Ferragudo · Ferragudo Beach · Ferragudo Town · Townhouses · Vine Yard · Town

Useful Lagoa Telephone Numbers
Town Hall - 282 341 410
Emergency Treatment - 282 357 320

Useful Lagoa Facts
Distance from Faro Airport - 55 Kms
Town Holidays - 8th September
Postal Code - 8400

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