Northern and eastern boundaries of Lagoa are the municipality of Silves, the western one, Portimão, and the southern, the Atlantic Ocean. Around this village there are more activities to enjoy besides lying in the sun. Following the mountain or sea trails is a good alternative but take always with you your Lagoa Genial Picnic backpack, filled with the local delicacies, to charge your batteries all day long.
The municipality has four boroughs: Estômbar; Lagoa e Carvoeiro; Porches e Ferragudo. Estômbar and Porches were important in the Islamic and medieval periods and Ferragudo had defensive walls around the village. Fishing and canning industries brought prosperity and dynamism to Lagoa, but, today, tourism is very important for its development.
From the hill where the village is perched, where once there was a small lake responsible for the village’s name, you can see all the white houses and the church bell tower. A true postcard view… To enjoy, there are the sea and the pristine beaches, but also other activities. Follow the littoral trails or the ones from the sea to the countryside, carrying always your Lagoa Genial Picnic backpack, with enough treats to nourish you all day long. You have many places where you may enjoy your picnic. Sítio das Fontes,located on in a creek on the left bank of Arade river, is a pleasant place with an Eco Museum (an ancient tide mil and the, miller’s house), an open-air Amphitheatre and a picnic area and leisure area. The Ermida de Santo António, near Mexilhoeira da Carregação, over a small hill, is an excellent viewpoint over the Arade river, ideal for a picnic while enjoying the landscape. But there are more charming places to picnic: Carvoeiro, on the top of a cliff, near several unusual rock formations sculpted by the wind and by the sea of Algar Seco, is an ideal terrace for a romantic picnic. And don’t forget the vineyards. This ancient culture started during the Arab presence and went on. Lagoa is the heart of wine production in Algarve, due to having a specific ecosystem and sandy soils. Have you considered doing a picnic surrounded by vines? With your Lagoa Genial Picnic drink a white or red Lagoa wine.