The name of the village has its origins in the Arabic word “Al-Gûzz” which derives from the name of the Turkic Oghuz people from the Middle East, whose members settled in the area in the 12th century.
The patron saint of the village is Our Lady of Mercy. To the south of the village on a hill is the Chapel of Nossa Senhora do Pilar, from here there are fine views across the area. On the eastern slopes of this hill there is meadow called Amoreira.
The village hosts many events throughout the year. Best known for the largest monthly market in the Central Algarve. Spread over a large area to the side of the village hall, which has a small playground in front. A very traditional market unlike others aimed at tourists.
Photo by Carlos Luis Cruz