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 20th May
    High 6:14am (3.05m)
    Low 12:09pm (1.04m)
    High 6:34pm (3.20m)
  • Sat 21st May
    Low 12:56am (0.95m)
    High 7:17am (2.86m)
    Low 1:13pm (1.23m)
    High 7:38pm (3.05m)
  • Sun 22nd May
    Low 2:11am (1.09m)
    High 8:31am (2.73m)
    Low 2:30pm (1.36m)
    High 8:53pm (2.94m)
  • Mon 23rd May
    Low 3:34am (1.15m)
    High 9:50am (2.69m)
    Low 3:55pm (1.39m)
    High 10:10pm (2.93m)

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