One of the Algarve’s most peaceful destinations, Lagoa’s whitewashed houses and cobbled streets give it a pleasantly rural feel. As well as being home to a handful of interesting museums and galleries, the town sits close to some of Portugal’s best wine-producing country and its loveliest beaches.
Things to do in Lagoa
Lagoa’s main draw is its beaches, located just 15 minutes’ drive south of town. Explore the honey-colored cliffs and strangely-shaped caves of Praia de Benagil or take a boat along the coast to see the tranquil bays that can only be reached by sea. The incredible variety of marine life here makes snorkeling and scuba diving popular activities.
Craving some culture? Galeria Arte is a constantly changing exhibition of contemporary paintings and sculptures housed on the second floor of Adega Cooperativa winery. While you’re there, sample their excellent range of locally-produced wines. There are also several vineyards around Lagoa that welcome visitors to tour the fields and taste the variety of reds, rosés and whites.
Don’t leave Lagoa without having a look around the 18th-century Lady of Light Church and its collection of religious relics. Another interesting building is St Joseph’s Convent, which has a 6000-year-old standing stone in the entrance garden.
Getting around Lagoa
Lagoa has a limited bus service that covers the main sights and shuttles people between adjacent towns, but if you want to explore the beaches, you’ll find it easier to drive. Car rentals are available at Faro Airport, located 60 kilometers to the east.