a relativly unspoilt fishing village
Not a great deal of things to do for children
Fantastic Fishing village, a great place to relax
Ferragudo has a nice church, The Church of Nossa Senhora da Conceição up above the village that has fantastic unobstructed views over the River Arade, The church is of a typical kind found all over portugal and although nice I have had some trouble finding out any details about it, there is a monument outside to Baden Powell (Founder of the Scout...more
just walking along the front is very interesting in Ferragudo, there are no great tourist bars with their football flags and loud techno music here, you can stop for a drink in the little cafe that faces onto a turning circle, you will see it as that is where all the local taxi drivers go (it's just near the life boat station). walk to the end of...more
The Fort of São João de Arade began it's life in the 15th century as a lookout tower which was then extended during the late 17th earlt 18th centurys to play a part in the fortifications tprotecting the mouth of the river Arade and straight opposite on the bank above Portimão's modern marina is the fort of Santa CatarinaIn the early 20th century it...more
Ferragudo's 17th Century fort stands at the entrance to the village's harbour, overlooking Praia Grande beach and the Arade River.Standing as it does at the end of the beach, it has been commented that it looks like an over-sized sandcastle - I would have to agree with that!The fort is apparently privately owned nowadays and therefore not open to...more
The village of Ferragudo lies on the banks of the Arade River, facing the tourist resort of Praia da Rocha, and situated close to the town of Portimao.I walked to Ferragudo from Portimao, although there are buses that connect the two. The road into Ferragudo affords a breathtaking view of the village across its picturesque, fishing boat-filled...more
Walking around the Castle of Sao Joao de Arade near Ferragudo, you will discover the larger beach of Praia Grande where you can soak up the sun and enjoy a drink or lunch at one of the beach bars. The activity of leisure craft and the passing of the local fishing boats compliment the view of the prestigious yacht marina of Portimao.Of archeological...more
This nice little restaurant is on a small back street just behind Ferragudo’s small Main Square. There is some seating outside in the narrow street and ample seating inside, the interior is very Portuguese and has a nice open Kitchen with various Pans and vegetables hanging up.I had a nice Chicken Piri Piri My mum had a wonderful Moroccan looking...more
This nice little cafe if just near to ferragudo's church and serves drinks, snacks and cakes at really reasonable prices, mainly frequented by locals it's a great place to sit and watch village life the way it has always been with no great bustling throngs of tourists.2 Cokes €1.90more
Easy to miss O Barrill - it's up a tiny alleyway behind the bigger Portorade restaurant, but it's a real find. We sat outside in the alleyway eating well cooked Portugese food listening to a live Fado singer (I think he is there Mondays and Wednesdays). The service is very attentive and pleasant. You get some liqueurs and figs and nuts on the house...more
For me, the best bar in Ferragudo is 'Tres Mocacos' meaning Three Monkeys. This awesome little bar serves up some great little cocktails and is surrounded by some great photos of Hollywood legends. English owned - The highlight is playing Drunken Jenga, which im sure you can imagine what it is like. Occasionally a live band will play in the back garden area and it also has a pool table.
I had a very good transfer from the airport to Ferragudo - just me in a minibus and very cheap. Think I must have been lucky there were no other people coming this wasy. It was booked over the internet through www.airport-transfers-algarve.co.uk.
This is a really good shop that sells everything from cushions to African and Oriental ornaments
What to buy: Great for curtains, cushions, bedcovers and all your soft furnishings.
Taking in the fish restaurants along the harbour. Sitting in the main sqaure with a Sagres, watching the world go by. And the Main beach is wonderful.
Fondest memory: Dancing on the beach to a live reggae band.
Singing and dancing along to the live music in the bar whose courtyard opens onto the harbour (sorry, can't remember the name, it was that good a night!)
Being shown how to choose a suitable fish at the Sueste restauarant.