Ferragudo is a traditional fishing village which can be found in the central Algarve, Portugal. It is located in between Carvoeiro and Portimão, on the banks of the River Arade.
The best way to see the beauty of Ferragudo village is by foot. Starting from the central square you could either go up the hill towards the church or follow the route down towards the waterfront.
If you decide to go up towards the church you will see the spectacular views of the River Arade, Portimão and Monchique mountains. If you look to the left towards Portimão estuary, you will see an interesting looking structure, which is the Fort of São João do Arade often referred as the Castle of Arade. The Castle of Arade separates two Ferragudo’s beaches – Praia da Angrinha (Angrinha Beach) and Praia Grande (Big Beach). Praia Grande is the main beach of Ferragudo. It is a very pretty beach with plenty of space to sunbathe and relax. It has two beach bars/restaurants and a children play area. Praia da Angrinha is mainly used as a landing area for fishing boats. There is a large camper-van friendly carpark at this beach.
If you decide to go towards the waterfront you might notice the fishermen coming back to the pier to offload their catch. There are some great fish and seafood restaurants right at the front of the fishing pier, which are well known for their fresh fish dishes. If you do not fancy fish or seafood, there are plenty of other different type of restaurants and cafés in the main square of Ferragudo village.
Either route you choose, I am sure that you will be mesmerised by the beauty and charm of the little streets of the village. If you want to see a traditional Portuguese fishing village, Ferragudo should definitely be on your to do list when you visit the central Algarve.