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Lagoa is a city in the Algarve region of southern Portugal


Lagoa itself is not very spectecular, since it is inland. However, the nearby beaches, caves and nature sights are worth a few stops along the way between Albufeira and Portimao.

Get in[edit]

Map of Lagoa

By bus[edit]

Lagoa is on the main route between Portimao and Albufeira/Faro and most buses will stop here.

Checkout the EVA bus schedule, or the maybe more intuitive/informative Algarve Bus website by an enthusiastic local.

By train[edit]

The nearest train station is 1 Estômbar-Lagoa, where also many buses pass by.

Get around[edit]

Mostly by bus, but there are enough trails along the cost to hike a large part of it.


Benagil Cave
  • 1 Algar de Benagil. A famous pit cave.
    Small boats leave from Benagil beach, can be book on the spot. Alternatively the cave can be entered by a kayak or SUP board. Though, kayaks are €30/hr for 2 people. So, better to bring your fins and just swim over there.
Getting there/away: Buses from Lagos and Portimao go to nearby 2 Praia do Carvalho, from where it is 20 on foot. Otherwise regular buses from Lagoa go directly to Benagil Beach.
  • 4 Praia de Carvoeiro (Beach).
  • 5 Fortress and Chapel of Nossa Sra. da Encarnação (Built around 1670, this polygon-shaped fortification is located on the cliff near the Carvoeiro Beach.). Fort of Nossa Senhora da Encarnação (Q5472488) on Wikidata Fort of Our Lady of the Incarnation (Carvoeiro) on Wikipedia
  • Praia das Gaivotas (Beach).
  • 6 Praia de Vale Centianes (Beach).
  • 7 Praia da Marinha (Beach). Praia da Marinha (Q1626861) on Wikidata Praia da Marinha on Wikipedia
  • Praia da Nossa Senhora da Rocha (Beach).
  • 8 Praia do Paraíso (Beach).




  • [dead link] Restaurant O Boteco, Praia do Paraíso, Carvoeiro, 8400-556 Lagoa, +351 282 357-265. Located in the quaint Carvoeiro Village, "O Boteco" stands out for the quality of its cuisine, especially its regional dishes (various chargrilled dishes and seafood platters), excellent service and privileged location with a breathtaking panoramic view of the sea and the small Praia do Paraíso (Paradise beach).



It is possible to stay closer to the beaches in different towns near Lagoa where the major hotels are located, such as Porches, Carvoeiro or Mexilhoeira da Carregação e Ferragudo.

  • 1 Vilalara Thalassa Resort (First Thalasso in Portugal), Praia das Gaivota, Alporchinhos, 8400-450 Porches, +351 282 320-000, fax: +351 282 320-077, . Check-in: 14:00, check-out: 12:00. Located by the sea where nature is found in its purest state, the Vilalara Thalassa Resort, with its expressive but tasteful architecture, is a place dedicated to well-being and the senses.

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