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Praia Grande (Ferragudo)

Praia Grande - Ferragudo
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Praia de Ferragudo
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Fort of São João do Arade
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Praia de Ferragudo

Situated on the eastern shores of the mouth of the River Arade - just across the water from Praia da Rocha and Portimão - is the wide sandy stretch of Praia Grande. Literally translated as "big beach" this is the larger of Ferragudo riverside beaches.

The northern end of the beach is defined by a small cliff on top of which is perched the 16th century fort of São João do Arade. Originally built to defend the coast from pirates the fort is now a private residence.

Praia Grande is Ferragudo's main beach and as such has plenty of facilities such as cafes and shops. It is a popular spot and can become quite busy in the summer months. 

Being relatively sheltered the beach here is fairly safe for swimming and watersports such as windsurfing (there is a watersport centre on the beach). There is also a seasonal lifeguard service and a children's playground beachside making this a great family beach.

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Praia Grande (Ferragudo) tide times

  • Mon 18th February

    High 01:02am (3.37m)
    Low 07:17am (0.55m)
    High 01:31pm (3.30m)
    Low 07:33pm (0.59m)
  • Tue 19th February

    High 01:50am (3.58m)
    Low 08:05am (0.37m)
    High 02:18pm (3.45m)
    Low 08:19pm (0.45m)
  • Wed 20th February

    High 02:35am (3.72m)
    Low 08:49am (0.27m)
    High 03:02pm (3.52m)
    Low 09:03pm (0.39m)
  • Thu 21st February

    High 03:19am (3.77m)
    Low 09:33am (0.26m)
    High 03:46pm (3.51m)
    Low 09:46pm (0.41m)

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