Lagos dedicates an entire week to the sea

The seminar "The management of coastal zones, seas and oceans", on Friday, 20 May, European Day of […]

Lagos Sea WeekThe seminar "Managing coastal zones, seas and oceans", on Friday, May 20, European Maritime Day, marks the start of the Week of the Sea, in Lagos, in a program that runs until the 28th. in which the county celebrates Fisherman's Day. The program includes, in addition to the seminar, various activities, from visits to companies in the sector, a showcooking in the Municipal Markets of Avenida and Santo Amaro and a conference.

The seminar, which will take place in the Auditorium of the Paços do Concelho century. XXI, begins with a round table on «Coastal zone management: problems and solutions», with the participation of the deputy mayor of Lagos Hugo Pereira, Isabel Guerra, from Docapesca, commander Pedro Carvalho Pinto, from the Captaincy of Porto de Lagos, and Sebastião Teixeira, regional responsible for the Portuguese Environment Agency. The round table is moderated by Elisabete Rodrigues, director of Sul Informação.

There will also be presentations by Rodrigo Ferreira Brum, manager of PO Mar 2020, David Santos, president of CCDRA, Moura Bastos, director of the Barlavento Development Association, and Luís Pestana Araújo, president of the Portuguese Tourism Board.

At the seminar, the central themes of the management of coastal zones, seas and oceans will be debated, seeking to raise awareness of the importance of the economy of the sea in the municipality and in the region: its structure, the lines that compose it, its potential and its problems and possible constraints, so that conclusions and proposals for future actions can be presented that allow and favor the growth of this important sector.

On Saturday, May 21st, between 10:00 and 12:00, there will be the showcooking “Flavors of the Sea Show”, in the Municipal Markets of Avenida and Santo Amaro.

On Monday, 23 May, a day dedicated to Ports, Maritime Transport and Naval Industries, there will be visits to Marina de Lagos and to the Nautical Center of the company Sopromar. Boat visits to the caves are also planned. The number of seats is limited and prior registration is required to participate. (see full program below).

On Tuesday, the day will be dedicated to Fishing, Marketing and Canning. For this, there will be visits to the Lotta de Lagos and the Artisanal Fishing Boat “Imperatriz”, aimed at school students and the general public.

On the 25th of May, Lagos celebrates the day of Knowledge, Technological Development and Marine Energies, with visits to the Ciência Viva Center of Lagos, between 10 am and 17 pm.

At 11:00 am, the conference on «The potential of the Algarve Sea», namely marine biodiversity and the production of tidal energy, is scheduled, which will also be staged at the CCV in Lagos.

Blowing - boat parking

On Thursday, 26th of May, national holiday, the day will be dedicated to Water Sports. At Cais da Solaria, between 10 am and 13 pm, there are activities to be carried out by the Clube de Vela (sailing, paddle, canoeing), with prior registration. At midday, at the Clube de Vela de Lagos, there is an action with Francisco Lufinha, world record holder for Kitesurfing, on «Nautical sports as a factor for development and entrepreneurship».

On Friday, May 27th, Aquaculture will be the theme. Therefore, at 14:30 pm there will be a visit to the oyster exploration in Vale da Lama, by the company “OstraSelect”, while between 15 pm and 17 pm, at Sopromar, there will be training on safety and rescue issues, aimed at the fishing community.

Finally, to culminate this intense week dedicated to the Sea in Lagos, the 28th of May is celebrated Fisherman's Day. Thus, between 10:00 am and 16:00 pm, the “Diligente” lifeguard will be open for visits.

At 16:30 pm, it will be the turn of Bênção dos Barcos and Tour to Ponta da Piedade, with Docapesca being the place to concentrate the tour. Closing the festivities, at 19 pm, in Bairro 00 de Abril da Meia-Praia, there will be a social gathering.

The municipal executive of Lagos explains that this vast program seeks, «in this symbolic way, to link the “old sea” and the “new sea”». Because, «if Fisherman's Day seeks to rescue our historical memory as a community, alluding to our collective heritage relating to uses and customs, traditional economic activities and millenary traditions linked to the sea, the European Maritime Day calls us to the challenges of the future with new uses, new experiences, new sectors of activity, with their new rites, new traditions and an always new (and renewed!) relationship with the sea».

Therefore, it is the objective of Sea Week in Lagos «to look at this entire sea, in an integrative logic that allows us to define new routes and new directions, not forgetting the centuries-old relationship between Lagos and the sea».


20 to 28 May

friday 20

15:00 pm | Seminar “The management of coastal zones, seas and oceans”
Location: XNUMXth century City Hall Auditorium. XXI
Free entry (limited to room capacity - 110 seats)
15.00 – 15.30 | Opening session
15.30 – 16.30 | Roundtable “Management of coastal zones: problems and solutions” – with representatives from CMLagos – Hugo Pereira; DOCAPESCA – Isabel Guerra, Port Authority of Lagos – Pedro Carvalho Pinto and Portuguese Environment Agency – Sebastião Braz Teixeira
Moderator: Director and Journalist of Sul Informação - Elisabete Rodrigues
16.30 – 16.45 | Coffee – break
16.45 – 18.30 | Presentations:
Financing the economy of the sea: the PO “MAR 2020” – Rodrigo Manuel Ferreira Brum (Manager)
The sea at CRESC Algarve 2020 – CCDR Algarve – David Santos (Chairman)
The Coastal CLLD of the Barlavento Algarvio: challenges and opportunities – Barlavento Development Association – Moura Bastos (Director)
Available Incentives and Support – Turismo de Portugal IP – Luís Inácio Garcia Pestana Araújo (Chairman of the Board of Directors)
18.30pm – 19.30pm | closing session
Saturday, 21

10:00 and 12:00 | “Showcooking” – Sea Flavors Show
Locations: Municipal Markets on Avenida and Santo Amaro
10:00 am – 11:00 am | Santo Amaro Market
12:00 – 13:00 | Avenue Market

Monday 23

11:00 – 12:00 | Visit to the Marina de Lagos facilities
Place of Concentration: Marina Reception

15:00 pm – 18:00 pm | Visit to the Nautical Center “SOPROMAR”
Prior registration on site (Groups of 10 participants / Duration of each visit: 30 minutes)

16:00 – 17:00 | Visit by boat to the caves (tourist circuit)
Place of concentration: Shipping Pier for maritime tourists
Prior registration (until the 23rd at 12:00 pm) and limited (30 participants) / Duration of the visit: 60 minutes – Registration at

Tuesday 24

10:00 – 12:00 | Visit to the auction and artisanal fishing boat “Imperatriz”
Recipients: School community
10:00 am – 11:00 am | Visit to the auction
11:00 – 12:00 | Visit to the Fishing Boat “Imperatriz”

wednesday 25

10:00 am – 17:00 pm | Visit to the Live Science Center in Lagos
11:00 – 12:30 | Conference: The potential of the Algarve Sea
Themes: Marine biodiversity and tidal energy production
Location: Centro Ciência Viva de Lagos

Thursday 26 (Holiday)

10:00 am – 13:00 pm | Activities to be developed by the Clube de Vela (sailing, paddle, canoeing)
Location: Solaria Wharf
Previous registration at Clube de Vela de Lagos ([email protected] / 282 726 256)

12:00 | Action with Francisco Lufinha – Kitesurf world record holder
Water sports as a factor for development and entrepreneurship.
Location: Lagos Sailing Club

Friday 27

14:30 pm -15:30 pm| Visit to oyster exploration in Vale da Lama – “OstraSelect”
Location: Vale da Lama – Odiáxere

15pm-00pm | Training on safety and rescue issues (fishing community)
Location: Blow
Recipients: Fishermen

Saturday 28

10:00 am – 16:00 pm | Diligent Lifeguards: open to visits
Location: Wharf

16:30 pm | Blessing of the Boats and Trip to Ponta da Piedade Concentration place for the boat trip: Docapesca

19:00 | Living in Bairro 25 de Abril – Meia-Praia Partner: Parish of São Gonçalo de Lagos