Bensafrim is the largest parish in the municipality of Lagos, located in the extreme Northeast, being irrigated by the Bensafrim river and limited to the north by the parishes of Bordeira, Aljezur and Marmelete (municipality of Monchique), to the East by the parish Mexilhoeira Grande (Portimão) and parish Odiáxere; the South by the parish of São Sebastião and the West by the parish of Barão de São João.

Bensafrim, Lagos, Algarve
Aerial view of Bensafrim – photo credits

Bensafrim lives mostly from rural production, and many typical products of the region come in its majority from here, such as figs, almonds, honey, wax, cattle and coal. There are also records about the existence of ceramic factories in the region.

One can still stop traces of Muslim presence. The wells and ancient water wheels as well as the silos excavated in the rock, take us trough a bit of History, when the Moors conquered Lagos in 716 BC.