I booked Ferragudo by accident, when looking for Airbnbs around Lagos and somehow ended up way too far on the map but after everything I read about the Algarve and all the pictures I saw I knew we couldn’t go wrong with any place in the area. I was right but had no idea just how beautiful the Algarve is. Ferragudo was a comfortable 4 hour train ride away from Lisbon, a charming village of houses perched on top a hill, overlooking the mouth of the Arade River. The town has a lovely little plaza and many restaurants nestled in the narrow cobbled streets of the village, a lovely church at the top of the hill and the Praia Grande beach is a walk away from the town square.
We had the most amazing view of the village from the AirBnB we stayed in (which I highly recommend BTW) and loved exploring the narrow cobblestone streets every chance we got. Most restaurants had a lovely selection of local seafood, caught fresh everyday and the fresh local produce was to die for. Oh… and did I mention the ridiculously cheap and delicious wine?
The Praia Grande beach is lovely and quiet, it’s protected by some sort of barriers and the water is quite shallow making it ideal for families with children. We loved the Praia dos Canaieros, a 30 minute hike from Ferragoudo, this beach has a nice private feel to it, nestled in between the cliffs, it has nice lovely sand and the water was surprisngly warm for early May. The waves were a bit rougher here and you can explore around the beach when the tide is low.
A 15 minute cab ride away from Ferragoudo is the town of Carvoirero, a touristy town with a lovely beach, lots of restaurants and shops. The highlight of the region for us were the Algar Seco caves and hiking along the coast, over the cliffs where we got the most spectacular views of the ocean. We didn’t get to go visit the caves by boat due to bad weather and bad tide timing but I guess that gives me one more reason to go back to this incredible area of Portugal.
How you ever been to the Algarve? What are your favourite spots?