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between 1242 and 1246 the Moors took possession of this then
small-fortified hamlet and placed it under the control of
nearby Silves. The fishing location was later formally
declared a town 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 village of Ferragudo is located to the west of Lagoa on
the edge of the river, Rio Arade, opposite the town of
Portimão. Romantically said to have once been the home of
local pirates this place has retained much of its Portuguese
flavour, and as yet, it has not been too influenced by
tourism. During the summer on weekend evenings the main
square is filled with the sound of music and laughter as the
locals and tourists dance the night away.
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nearby village of Estombar has a history dating further back
to when the Moors occupied the Algarve. It was the home of
the famous 11th Century Arab poet “Ibn Ammar”. Many local
legends exist and there are reputed to be subterranean
passages from near this town going inland for about 12 Kms.
to the ancient Moorish capital of Silves. Near to Estombar
is an area named Sítio de Fontes that has for centuries been
a popular swimming spot due to two freshwater springs that
provide a small lagoon prior to joining the Rio Arade. The
authorities have now created at this attractive area an open
space for performing plays and general picnicking.
To the east of the Ferragudo is the once small fishing
village of Carvoeiro that today is an area of expensive
villas, comfortable holiday apartments and golf courses. To
the east is the small and attractive village of Porches that
dates back to the Roman period. Unfortunately, the
earthquake of 1755 destroyed its ancient castle and also the
original parish church that is believed to date to the 16th
Century. Also to east is the administrative town of Lagoa.
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