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Lagoa in western Algarve is one of those Towns (it Does have City Status) that can easily be missed due to the fact the EN125 runs through it. On approaching the town from the East, you first come across the traffic lights with its decorative traffic island with statues and water features. Left you will see the Parque Municipal a large exhibitions park where many events are held each year including the largest for the Algarve. The Fatacil fair held every August over a Ten day period.
Taking the right-hand road leading to the towns centre, the other road leads to Silves. Lagoa is a lot larger than it looks, with many small alleyways and cobblestone narrow roads. There are many little garden areas with seating, one include a shrine to Our Lady (Lady of the Light). Another garden is the War memorial park with a dedicated large pink Granite War memorial. You will also find opposite the Main Church (Igreja Matriz) a small records Museum. Arqivo (Portuguese word for file), with Impressive glass frontage with a large handmade tiles decoration from the nearby Porches pottery. Large pedestrian area decorated with Black and white Cobblestones with rows of shops and cafes offering outside seating area leading towards another park garden with bandstand.
Lagoa offers some of the best water parks as well as golf courses. The Large old Adega (wine Co-operative) just near the traffic lights towards Carveoiro is well worth a visit to sample and buy wines of the regions. With the main town opposite and its population of around 20,000, Lagoa may be small but still offers heritage buildings which have been renovated for cultural uses. The municipal library and the Convento de São José (St. Joseph convent). The decorated cobbled main strip in Lagoa has some nice restaurants, plenty of bars-cafes to well away an hour over a coffee. You will also discover some of the gift shops selling hand painted tiles a tradition fast disappearing. Lagoa still offers a host of events each year having the Fatacil show ground (Parque de Feiras e Exposições de Lagoa). Holding numerous fairs shows covering local art & crafts Live music with traditional songs.
The large August Fatacil fair with petting animals, motor shows, boats, arts and crafts, even down to making a stained glass window. Or observe a cobbler making shoes. The park also holds a monthly flea market and undercover antiques fair. Just further down near the commercial park is the main monthly market is held for foods linen, clothes (See markets).
Just past the main traffic lights on the turn off for Carveoiro you will find a large building with the words Adega Cooperative. One of the first adega buildings of its size to be built in Portugal over 65 years ago. Still a functioning working winery and now known as Unica, in the past you might not have noticed the building as a working adega. In July 2013 with a new coat of paint brings the adega to you attention.
Worth visiting it offers good regional wines, the smaller shop situated to the right of the main building .The adega is going through renovation but still open to the public
Small museum in square
War memorial park
Pedestrian parade of shops