Ferragudo is a perfect place to explore the Algarve, and with so few authentic towns and villages offering accommodation, it is an amazing place to spend some time. With an infinity pool, free bikes and kayaks, a sauna and sunset terraces, there is real local knowledge. Ferragudo itself is small and easy to reach on foot, but there are a number of hills and uneven roads to navigate.
Ferragudo is located at the mouth of the river and close to the Atlantic Ocean, so many boat trips are offered. One of the most popular destinations in the Algarve are the famous cave tours of Benagil.
The most popular walk is to the enchanting lighthouse of Ferragudo (Punta do Altar), about 20 minutes from the city center. The lighthouse itself is perched on a cliff overlooking the coast. The lighthouse of Ferragudos offers fantastic views of the Portimao River and the Monchique hills in the background, while the sea stretches in the distance.
There are beautiful beaches in Ferragudo (Praia Grande and Praia do Pintadinho are two) and it is worth exploring them by car or on foot. Along the beaches you will find signposts and there are several bars and restaurants to which you can travel if you want to make a pit stop to have a drink or a meal. A relaxing holiday with a good beach, many places for dinner and picturesque walks through the city are hard to beat.
On the eastern side of the Arada River, Ferragudo offers a pleasant day trip from Carvoeiro and Praia da Rocha. It is far away from the hustle and bustle of the tourist resorts and offers a peaceful, cosy atmosphere, while the surrounding coast boasts some of the most beautiful beaches in the Lagoa region. The town has a charming harbour, cobbled shopping streets and a selection of excellent seafood restaurants.
Ferragudo stretches along the waterfront and is an old fishing village located on the western side of Lagoa. It overlooks the coast towards Portimao and is divided by a section of the Arade River that flows through the two districts. Sapso Joapso, the Arada fortress and the big beach Praia Grande are south of the village, which surrounds the coast and leads to Ponta Altar Lighthouse and the breathtaking Praia dos Caneiros beach.
Its coastline stretches to the east, making way for several pretty beaches and coves. Its privileged location on the Atlantic Ocean attracted many civilizations in the past, including the Romans, Carthaginians and Phoenicians.
Ferragudo is a small and beautiful village at the mouth of Arade near the town of Portimao. It is known for its picturesque village, its beautiful beaches, its small harbor and of course as a fishing village for fresh fish. Ferragudo, however, has escaped the heavy development of its neighbors and retains a small, traditional flair.
Ferragudo is characterized by fishing huts, whitewashed buildings and narrow cobbled streets. It has retained the original charm of a fishing village and boasts one of the most picturesque ports on the coast, just minutes from some of Portugal’s most beautiful beaches. The village with its picturesque church and fisherman’s residence Castelo de Sao Joao do Arade is ideal for a pleasant half-day or full-day excursion from Praia da Rocha, and more and more visitors rent holiday homes in the village to enjoy the peace and quiet.
Fishing is a big part of the Ferragudos culture and takes place in the background. Walking along the harbour you can watch the fishermen moor and catch up for the day.
No wonder, then, that the attractive fishing village of Ferragudo has retained much of its traditional charm, given its extensive neighbors and prime location. Some have described it as a hidden gem, and while it hovers on the edge of the tourist radar along the way, it remains relatively untouched. This is all the more impressive as it is located at the mouth of the Rio Arade, opposite tourist hotspots such as Portimao and Praia da Rocha.
Ferragudo’s pretty village centre with palm-fringed gardens and a small river leads to the cobbled main square, Praca Rainha Dona Leonor. Just down the street from the main square is a charming little praca rainha, or dona leonor.
The main cobbled street Praca Rainha Dona Leonor is a lively square with several cafes and restaurants that make a great base for visiting Ferragudo. After a refreshing drink, explore Ferragudo’s narrow cobbled streets.
A small children’s playground and the ACD Ferragudo, a cultural and sports centre linked to the wide range of activities and courses are on the Praca do Rainha Dona Leonor square with its many cafés and small restaurants. Leaving the square, you will enter the cobbled streets and explore the many steps and windy streets that lead to the church with its magnificent views of the city, the beach, Portimao and Praia da Rocha. The village is located on a hill and Ferragudos church is the Igreja do Nossa Senhora da Conceicao.
The name Ferragudo, according to the link above, goes back to a device made of iron ferro (iron agudo, sharp) that existed on the beach of Angrinha in the mid-15th century to lift and catch fish from boats anchored there. In the 17th century, the Castelo de Sao Joao Arade doerragudo (Fortaleza da Santa Catarina) was built on the western side of the river (Praia da Rocha) to protect Portimao and the Silves inland from pirate attacks.