whole region of 'Costa da Lagoa' was designated as an Area
of Cultural Preservation by the municipality. It is considered
one of the last outposts of Azorean culture, with a nucleus
of fishermen and lacemakers that still live as their ancestors
is made possible by its difficult access. To get to the
Costa (coast) there are four options. The first is to get
a small boat at the Public Transport Services part of the
marina, beside the bridge in Lagoa's center. From there,
it is a 40-minute trip along the left-hand side of the lagoon.
second option is to get a boat from inside the Rio Vermelho
Ecological Park. Access to this park is through a dirt road
transversal to the main road. This time crossing the lagoon,
it is just a 10-minute boat trip from the pier.
third and fourth options are for the sports lovers. These
are two walking trails that cut a path through the Atlantic
Forest to the 'Costa da Lagoa'. One starting point is from
the end of the main street of 'Canto dos Araças'. This trail
is ten kilometers of relatively flat terrain and passes
through an area of preserved forest. Setting out from 'Canto
do Moreira' in Ratones, there is another trail which goes
up over the hill and takes about 90 minutes to complete.
These two options are also more cultural, as they take you
through several little villages and old flour mills which
are preserved as tourist attractions. For further information
about the trails, please consult the Trails
últimas duas opções são também
as mais culturais, uma vez que passam por diversas vilas
e pelos antigos engenhos de farinha, preservados para ser
atração turística. Para mais informações
sobre a trilha, acesse o Guia
trail you choose, the final destination is the center of
Costa da Lagoa and its principal attraction is its numerous
local home-cooking restaurants. In most of these restaurants,
it is the local women who cook what the local fishermen
have caught. The inexpensive prices come as a result of
a combination of factors, such as the lack of infra-structure,
the non-commercial ingredients and the family's labor.
attraction in Costa da Lagoa is the waterfall which is near
the village. The icy water refreshes visitors on hot days
but don't be startled because when there isn't much rain,
the water level will be low.