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Welcome to Ferragudo, a quaint fishing village on the east bank of the Rio Arade in the Algarve. Unlike bustling tourist hubs, Ferragudo retains its authentic charm, inviting you to wander its narrow cobbled streets and soak in its old-world ambience.

Escape the crowds and stroll along the riverside, where colourful fishermen's houses mingle with charming eateries and cafes. Don't miss the iconic Igreja de Nossa Senhora da Conceição church perched atop the village hill, offering breathtaking views of the river and beyond.

But Ferragudo isn't just about its charming streets; it boasts pristine beaches to the south and along the coast, perfect for sun-soaked adventures and lazy days by the sea.

Let Mad About Portugal be your ultimate guide to Ferragudo, ensuring you make the most of your trip. Whether you're seeking hidden gems, mouthwatering cuisine, or cultural experiences, we've got you covered. Join us as we explore Ferragudo's hidden treasures and create unforgettable memories along the way.


Igreja de Nossa Senhora da Conceição

|  Igreja de Nossa Senhora da Conceição

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Ferragudo is formed around an inlet of the Arade estuary, a natural harbour. The oldest quarter is to the south. The quaint little square of the Praça Rainha Dona Leonor is lined with cafés and restaurants, an ideal spot to take your time sampling the slow pace of life. Fresh fish is landed a short distance away, where local fishermen dry their nets and restaurants skillfully cook the catch of the day. From the quayside, a ferry taxi operates services between Ferragudo and the Marina in Praia da Rocha. Here too, boat tours disembark to Silves, Club Nautico and the Arvad winery in Estombar. Ferragudo Boat Trips Wildwatch offer Dolphin watching, kayaking and other nautical adventures. Wildwatch Algarve. From the palm-lined quayside a maze of cobbled streets lined with whitewashed cottages accend into the old village.


The Igreja de Nossa Senhora da Conceição has overlooked the village from its vantage point since 1520. The main joy of the church is the journey through the quaint flower-clad cobbled streets to reach it. Take a leisurely pace up, avoiding the shortest route and absorb the atmosphere to the full. The church's somewhat plain exterior is the result of rebuilding work carried out following the earthquake of 1755. Inside, 16th & 17th-century paintings survived the disaster, along with a golden retable where fishermen made offerings to Our Lady of Conception in return for a safe voyage. From the terrace in front of the church, one can marvel at the impressive views over the river, Portimão, and the mouth of the Arade.

Daily: 10h00 – 12h00/15h00 - 17h00
Rua da Igreja, 8400-254, Ferragudo, Portugal. | 37° 07' 24.9" N | 08° 31' 18.7" W


The 15th-century castle stands on the southern side of the Praia da Angrinha beach where the river Arade empties into the ocean. It was commissioned by Dom João II. It is the oldest of a pair of fortifications defending the estuary from North African pirates and corsairs. Following the restoration of the Portuguese crown in the 17th Century, the castle was renovated and enlarged. The structure sustained only minor damage during the 1755 earthquake. It remained in operation until 1896 before being sold into private ownership. The writer Joaquim José Coelho de Carvalho (1855-1934) bought the property and converted it into a summer house. Despite being classified as a National Monument in 1974, it remains closed to the public.

Daily: 10h00 – 12h00/15h00 - 17h00
Rua Dr. Coelho de Carvalho 8 8400, Ferragudo, Portugal. | 37° 07' 10.9" N | 08° 31' 19.8" W

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Forte de São João de Aradeg

|  Forte de São João de Arade


Praia da Angrinha

|  Praia da Angrinha


Praia da Angrinha is the closest beach to Ferragudo town centre and therefore has no facilities. The beach is a pleasant stretch of fine sand backed by low dunes. The beach has views of the Marina de Portimão on the opposite bank of the river Arade. The calm waters make the beach ideal for families. Local fishermen use the beach to land their catch and their huts line cliff edge. The headland on the southern edge is topped by the fort São João de Arade and divides Praia da Angrinha from Praia Grande. 37° 07' 17.1" N | 08° 31' 23.4" W


Ferragudo’s largest beach lies south of the town, beyond the castle. There's a cluster of cafés and restaurants on the north side of the beach and Praia Grande enjoys ample parking. There's a small adventure playground to help keep the youngsters occupied. The calm waters here are ideal for bathing and watersports such as windsurfing (there is a watersport centre on the beach). The beach is patrolled by lifeguards during the summer season. 37° 07' 17.1" N | 08° 31' 23.4" W


The trail of the headlands is a path that follows the jagged and geologically dramatic coastline from Praia Grande do Ferragudo to Carvoeiro. Along the six kilometre (4mi) route, you encounter stunning views, sheltered beaches, huge sink holes, small headlands and a diverse habitat for fauna, birds and marine life. At Praia do Molhe there's a breakwater (molhe) that leads to one of a pair of small lighthouses. The other is on the opposite bank. Praia do Molhe can be accessed down a set of stairs. The beach's calm waters are ideal for families and safe bathing. Another sheltered beach, Praia do Pintadinho, is located close by and is home to Edd's Beach Club, where you can enjoy a great meal and laze away the day on sun loungers. Overlooking Praia do Pintadinho is the Ponta do Altar lighthouse dating from 1893. Beyond the Ponta do Altar headland lies the pretty little beach of Praia dos Caneiros. Here there's a small restaurant serves good food and drinks and rent sun loungers.

Beyond Praia dos Caneiros, the coastline feels the full power of the Atlantic. The footpath becomes more rugged and challenging. Most of the small coves and beaches along this part of the route can only be accessed from the sea. The route here onwards meanders through a truly stunning landscape for which the Algarve is famous for. Look out for the Torre da Lapa watch tower. It was built in the 16th century to warn local villagers of raiding pirates from North Africa. From end to end, the trail takes about three hours to traverse. Care must always be taken when walking close to the edge of cliffs as there might be loose ground. The footpath is not recommended for children or people with mobility issues. Always remember to wear suitable footwear and carry a bottle of water.

Caminho dos Promontórios

|  Caminho dos Promontórios

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Vila Gaivota 3G

Boasting mountain views, Vila Gaivota 3G offers accommodation with a balcony and a coffee machine, around 90 metres from Praia do Torrado. It features a terrace, sea views and free Wi-Fi throughout the property. The apartment has a kitchen with a dishwasher, an oven and a microwave, a living room with a seating area and a dining area, a bedroom, and a bathroom with a walk-in shower and a bidet. Towels and bed linen are provided in the apartment. If you would like to discover the area, cycling is possible in the surroundings. Caneiros Beach is 200 metres from the apartment, while Pintadinho Beach is 500 metres away.

Urbanização Vila Gaivota -3G Phase 2, 8400-276 Ferragudo, Portugal. | 37° 06' 26.4" N | 08° 30' 50.5" W

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Caneiros Luxury House & Suites

Caneiros Luxury House & Suites

Situated in Ferragudo, 400 metres from Caneiros Beach, Caneiros Luxury House & Suites provides various facilities, such as an outdoor swimming pool, a garden and a terrace. All rooms boast a flat-screen TV with satellite channels and a private bathroom. Both free Wi-Fi and private parking are available on this property. Every room is equipped with a wardrobe. Caneiros Luxury House & Suites offers some units with sea views, and each room comes with a coffee machine. A continental breakfast is served each morning at the property. At the accommodation, guests are welcome to take advantage of a sauna and an indoor swimming pool. Praia Grande Beach is 1.3 km from Caneiros Luxury House & Suites.

Rua de Vale da Azenhaga, 8400-272 Ferragudo, Portugal. | 37° 06' 36.3" N | 08° 30' 44.2" W

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Hotel Rural Brícia Du Mar

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Situated in Ferragudo, Hotel Rural Brícia Du Mar features accommodation with a restaurant, free private parking, an outdoor swimming pool and a bar. This 4-star hotel features free Wi-Fi and a garden. The hotel has family rooms. The hotel will provide guests with air-conditioned rooms offering a desk, a kettle, a minibar, a safe deposit box, a flat-screen TV, a terrace and a private bathroom with a bidet. Certain rooms are equipped with a kitchenette with a microwave, a fridge and a stovetop. Hotel Rural Brícia Du Mar rooms come with bed linen and towels. Guests at the accommodation can enjoy a buffet breakfast. The area is popular for hiking, and car hire is available at Hotel Rural Brícia Du Mar. The property offers a paid airport shuttle service.

Vale da Areia Vale da Areia, 8400-275 Ferragudo, Portugal. | 37° 07' 05.2" N | 08° 31' 08.8" W

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Fim do Mundo

In a town that is renowned for fresh fish, Fim do Mundo stands out for its fantastic steaks. Their dishes are very generously portioned, so make sure you bring a hearty appetite. Since 2009, Fim do Mundo has earned a reputation for creating superb Portuguese cuisine at agreeable prices. Only the finest local ingredients are used across all three courses. The restaurant is also a champion of Portuguese wine, their "lista de vinho" is extensive. The interior is somewhat quirky with farm tools attached to the walls and ceiling. The restaurant is located off a main road, just follow the sign. Good times and happy bellies are guaranteed.

Thursday – Tuesday: 18h00 – 21h30, Wednesday: CLOSED
Rua Dr. Manuel Teixeira Gomes 28, 8400-260 Ferragudo, Portugal. | 37° 07' 32.1" N | 08° 31' 07.9" W
+351 964 172 058 | jo_smith_999@hotmail.com

Sueste - Vinhos e Petiscos

Sueste - Vinhos e Petiscos

The Sueste restaurant enjoys a prime location on the Ferragudo quayside, with amazing views across the estuary to Portimão. Sueste - Vinhos e Petiscos is a true pescatarians paradise. They specialise in conjuring up the daily catch, perfectly grilled to order. The knowledgeable staff will explain what is in season and what is available that day. He may even introduce you to your meal as it swims in the tank at the entrance. Some fish such as Dourado, Robalo and Sardines are common additions to Algarvian menus, however, other lesser-known varieties await your discovery. There's a fine choice of starters to begin your meal and a selection of homemade desserts awaits you at the end. Sueste are also masters at pairing wines to your meal.

Tuesday – Sunday: 12h00 – 22h00, Monday: CLOSED
91 Rua da Ribeira, 8400 256 Ferragudo, Portugal. | 37° 07' 26.3" N | 08° 31' 21.6" W
+351 282 461 592 | Website

Restaurante O Molhe

Restaurante O Molhe

The Restaurante O Molhe sits on the Praia do Molhe beach and has amazing views over the mouth of Rio Arade. They serve Mediterranean and Portuguese food, with a preference for fish dishes. The friendly and enthusiastic staff ensure your dining experience is as best as it can be.

Daily: 10h00 – 22h00 | Estrada do Molhe, Ferragudo, Faro District, Portugal.
37° 06' 36.8" N | 08° 31' 09.2" W
+351 282 461 519

Only 69km (43 miles) west of Faro Airport Website


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Latitude - 37° 07' 26.3" | Longitude - 08° 31' 21.6"


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Ferragudo doesn't have it's own train station, alight at Portimão and then take the bus. Regional train services (comboios regionais) run from Lagos in the west to Vila Real de Santo António on Portugal's eastern border:
• Lagos - Vila Real de Santo António line: Timetable | Website

• Eva Transportes run services across the Algarve linking the main resorts and towns, as well as a hostess service to Lisbon. Also worth considering are their tourist passes if you're planing to visit different places: Website
• Rede Expressos operates countrywide services: Website