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Posted by portugalpress on July 09, 2018

A new coastal walking route named ‘Caminho dos Promontórios’ that will take hikers on a journey to discover the beautiful cliffs and caves of Lagoa will be inaugurated tomorrow (Tuesday, July 10) – the same day the local council unveils the revamp of the borough’s iconic Torre da Lapa watchtower.

The seven-kilometre route links Praia do Molhe in Ferragudo to Praia do Paraíso in Carvoeiro and cost €118,500 to set up, aiming to be a new calling card for the borough.

“Nature tourism in the Algarve is one of the sectors that has grown the most in recent years,” the local council said in a statement sent to the press.

The route includes two other trails that already existed: Caminho do Algarve, located near Carvoeiro and accessible to people with physical disabilities; and Percurso dos Sete Vales Suspensos, located between Praia de Vale Centeanes and Praia da Marinha.

Altogether, the route covers around half of the municipality’s coastal territory, the council says.

Several information panels have been set up along the trails which will help walkers “interpret the coastal environment”. There are also several signs warning walkers of dangerous areas as well as a number of areas to “take a break and rest”.

Apart from the beautiful natural scenery, Lagoa’s iconic Torre da Lapa will be another major attraction after being restored to its former glory following a €51,000 revamp.

The tower, believed to be around 400 years old, is considered one of the most important and historic structures in Lagoa and served as a key lookout.

Councillor Anabela Simão explained in April that the tower was used to send smoke signals and warn populations about pirates and other looters.

She told Lusa news agency that it is one of the few left standing in the Algarve.

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