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 24th June
    Low 6:04am (1.17m)
    High 12:16pm (2.87m)
    Low 6:28pm (1.23m)
  • Sat 25th June
    High 12:35am (2.90m)
    Low 6:50am (1.15m)
    High 1:03pm (2.96m)
    Low 7:16pm (1.16m)
  • Sun 26th June
    High 1:23am (2.92m)
    Low 7:30am (1.12m)
    High 1:44pm (3.05m)
    Low 7:58pm (1.09m)
  • Mon 27th June
    High 2:04am (2.94m)
    Low 8:07am (1.10m)
    High 2:22pm (3.12m)
    Low 8:35pm (1.03m)

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