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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Have you visited Ferragudo before?