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Ferragudo is the Cornish town of the Algarve, and a picture postcard one at that. Coming from Faro on the EN125 the turn off is just before the Portimao Bridge.
When you arrive park at the top of the hill, with the town facing across the river. It just beckons you down to wander around such a beautiful town. Just as little ago as 1999 it was still a village then the same year named as a town.
Becoming one of the most visited in the Algarve with its Sunday flea market along the riverfront. The small cobbled square, (Praça Rainha Dona Leonor) with its cafes, and bars. What better way to sit and relax while watching the buzz from those hunting out a bargain. The town sits on the river Arade with view across to Portimao. Now resized the port can take big cruise liners you often see them moored across the river. Being almost as big as the building they sit next too. The town was once a thriving fishing village, and whilst the activity still exists with the lobster pots and baskets stacked near the end of the riverfront. With restaurants offering spectacular views while eating lunch, or evenings with the lights on the boats sparkling in the waters reflection. As well, as views of the Eastern side of the fort of Sao joao de Arade. Heading towards town you will find the cobblestone back streets with rows of small fishing houses with the odd merchant’s house standing out with their decorated parapet walls and wrought ironwork over the doors and windows. You will see signs of billboards selling new builds these are on the outskirts of the town. so will never take the character and charm away the town holds.With (Praia da Angrinha) beach nearest to the village you get the full front view of the Fort.
It dates from the 15th century with later additions in the 18th century it was one of two built. The other being on the Portimao side giving great defences to the river mouth. When the fort came to the end of its use it was sold which went into private hands. It remains so today and not open to the public. Hidden on the back roads the town offers many restaurant used by locals. Fish soup is one to look out for as the town seems to favour it, can be eaten as a starter or main course. As the town heads uphill with the church towards the top you will come across gift shops and handcrafts on offer as well. Moving away from the town centre, you will see many villas overlooking the lighthouse down a one-way lane towards the coast on Ponta do Altar. For those who like walking it is possible to do so from the town, with the furthest beach being, Praia dos Caneiros. Easily found, as the council has painted arrows from the town along the coast for you to follow. When you get to Ferragudo lighthouse there is a panoramic views of Portimao harbour across the river, with Monchique Mountain in the background. One of the best photograph opportunities for sea/ land views. Ferragudo has two good beaches and very large so no overcrowding in peak season, Praia Grande and Praia do Pintadinho. Ferragudo has much to offer with good shopping and a nearby large Lidl’s.
Ferragudo fort in private hands
Training sail ship in port
Postcard fishing village
Central square monthly fleamarket