A day in Ferragudo

Ferragudo is a small village in the Lagao district of The Algarve in Portugal.  Still a fairly traditional village, it is tipped to become a new tourist destination, but for now, it is beautiful, peaceful and perfect for a taste of the real Portugal. Two weeks ago we paid a visit as part of our Portuguese holiday, and fell in love with it’s rustic charm, tiled buildings and relaxed atmosphere.

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Praia De Mohle

We travelled from Carvoeiro, where we were staying, and, on route visited the stunning beach of Praia de Mohle. From here you can see right across the bay to Ferragudo, and the larger, lively resort of Praia De Rocha. Praia de Mohle is blessed with perfect sandy beaches, with a sea wall creating a marina, perfect for those with a love of boats. You could certainly spend a day on this beach, with a lovely restaurant overlooking the beach for a long, lazy lunch. This is also the loveliest of spots for capturing beautiful photographs.

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View across to Praia De Rocha

View across to Praia De Rocha

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The Square

Ferragudo has a main square that is full of lovely, interesting places to eat. This being a fishing village, the seafood offerings are really good, with the tuna we ordered being fresh and flavoursome. The square is also a lovely place to sit and relax, with a series of blue and white benches where you can relax and watch the world go by. On the day that we were there, there was also live music in the square from a singer performing Sinatra and jazz classics, which really made for a joyous atmosphere.

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Shopping

From the square there are lots of winding streets with shops that seems not much bigger than your average house front. These sell lots of traditional items, from brightly painted pottery to cork jewellery and bags. Tiles, Port and embroidered fabrics are plentiful, and I was also very excited to find an antique/junk shop where I got a 1960s bag and some very ladylike 1950s gloves for a grand total of 12 euros. I also spotted a charity shop for the cats protection, the only one I spotted in Portugal.

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Love the old Pepsi bottles

Love the old Pepsi bottles

This wash stand is amazing.

This wash stand is amazing.

Lloyd Loom chair maybe?

Lloyd Loom chair maybe?

My bargains.

My bargains.

Buildings

The stunning tiled buildings are one of the glories of Portugal, and Ferragudo had some amazing ones. I also fell in love with the ornate doors and wrought iron balconies which make even the smallest of buildings look so special. In terms of tiles, they are just everywhere you look, from street name signs, to murals and mosaics. I don’t mind admitting I became a little obsessed with them.

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15 thoughts on “A day in Ferragudo

  1. That looks like such a lovely place to visit. I’ve never been to Portugal but I would love to go one day.

  2. I’ve never been to Portugal. In fact I’ve only ever been to Spain (Malaga) and Paris in Europe! Crazy right. I love how beautiful the views are x

  3. I love portugal – those tiles! Looks like a wonderful day, I’m getting holiday envy!

    Erin xx
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  4. Looks like such a beautiful place, you have a great tan! I would have been coming home with lots of those plates – gorgeous!

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  5. Ah I am so jealous, I still have ages to go before my holiday! I love discovering little villages like this and although I’ve never been to Portugal, it looks a lot like places I’ve been to in Spain.

  6. Isn’t Portugal stunning? I mean I might be a little biased because my parents are Portuguese but the food is so good and the weather is gorge x

  7. I have never been here – or heard of it, but it looks absolutely beautiful. I would love to visit. I love the square and the buildings. Kaz x

  8. Wow! Ferragudo looks like a beautiful place! I’ve always wanted to visit Portugal. The beaches look amazing! I also like the sound of shopping in the winding streets. 🙂 Love the square and the fact that Ferragudo is still very traditional 🙂

  9. We go there every year.
    First year we stayed in the house with the blue tiles on the walls.
    Absolutely beautiful place.

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