"Lagoa" Lagoa by Balam

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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 later 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 recoded as being a mixture of good and bad legends. Most of the Algarve and also to the north in the neighbouring Alentejo district suffered by his band of brigands. He died before a firing squad in Faro in 1838. The town of Lagoa has since grown as an administrative town for the area that lived off in the past its abundant agricultural produce.


Within the town are a number of long buildings with double doors that open into courtyards, off which more than just a large storeroom can be found as it will often be the home of some rich landowner. 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 used to be an active co-operative for the owners of vineyards that are still produce a small quantity of full bodied red wine. This reduction has been seriously effected by the demise of vineyards over recent years as their owners have found a new "pot of gold" by selling their land as building plots.

  • Last visit to Lagoa: Mar 2008
  • Intro Updated Apr 14, 2008
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  • Maurizioago's Profile Photo
    Mar 8, 2009 at 3:36 AM

    Good beginning of this page. Ciao!

  • Maria250's Profile Photo
    Oct 22, 2008 at 10:33 AM

    The streets are really tiny - loveliest - but tiny-tiny. And even back 1730 there was a "door" for unwanted babies (to the nuns). Oh well.

  • Sagespot's Profile Photo
    Jun 10, 2008 at 5:22 PM

    Excellent tips for the churches. I'll look forward to any additional photos you post. Cheers - Sage

  • Apr 8, 2008 at 4:44 AM

    Great tips. Hope to see and pictures soon.


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