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

  • Fri 26th November
    High 6:20am (2.68m)
    Low 12:39pm (1.33m)
    High 7:06pm (2.46m)
  • Sat 27th November
    Low 12:54am (1.47m)
    High 7:29am (2.64m)
    Low 1:55pm (1.34m)
    High 8:21pm (2.48m)
  • Sun 28th November
    Low 2:16am (1.46m)
    High 8:43am (2.68m)
    Low 3:11pm (1.25m)
    High 9:32pm (2.60m)
  • Mon 29th November
    Low 3:32am (1.34m)
    High 9:50am (2.81m)
    Low 4:14pm (1.09m)
    High 10:32pm (2.79m)

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