10 Things to Do in Ferragudo That You Shouldn't Miss

January 14, 2018 Sachiko Swiger

Ferragudo is a Portuguese civil parish at the western border of the municipality of Lagoa. The population in 2011 was 1,973, in an area of 5.41 km². Ferragudo serves mainly as a bedroom community for its much larger neighbour, the city of Portimão; its residents routinely travel across the Arade River to work in the neighboring municipality.
Restaurants in Ferragudo

1. Algarve Freedom Kayaks

Praia Grande de Ferragudo, Ferragudo 8400-273, Portugal
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5 based on 266 reviews

Algarve Freedom Kayaks

We are a small company offering Kayak Tours and on the Golden Coast of the Algarve (between Ferragudo and Carvoeiro)visiting some of the most spectacular caves and coastline of the region.

Reviewed By Laura W

We had a really good day with freedom kayaks. We booked on for the BBQ kayak tour. It was great paddling in and out of caves and tunnels and we saw some really beautiful coastline.
The BBQ was on a secluded beach and we had lots of time to swim, snorkeling and relax here. The food was freshly cooked (chicken, sausage, ribs, shrimp, tuna, salad, fruits and cookies plus soft drinks) and there was plenty for everyone to eat.
The tour was meant to be 4 hours but as there was no afternoon tour we were out for 6.5 hours allowing us lounger at the beach.
The kayaks are stable sit on tops and a safety boat is never far away from anyone who needs to stop paddling. The guide was good and we felt safe throughout the trip. The safety boat tows the kayaks the first couple of km and after paddling around 7km of coastline the boat can also tow you back to port of you can't manage the return paddle.
Get to Ferragudo from Praia da Rocha using the ferry taxi which costs €6 return and leaves from the marina.
This trip is well worth the €40 (€25 without BBQ)

Rua Jeronimo Buisel | Edificio Rocha Mar, Loja 1, Praia da Rocha, Portimao 8500-812, Portugal +351 912 979 234
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5 based on 168 reviews

GRASPaWASP

GRASPaWASP, Scooter, Vespa, Convertible Cars and Bike Rental. GRASPaWASP TOURS: Guided Tours by Convertible Car and Scooter guided tours. Let GRASPaWASP kick-start your vacation into high gear! Rent your Scooter and experience Italian timeless style, combined with modern 4 stroke engines! An unforgettable and environment-friendly mobility! Easy online booking and scooter Delivery to your place! GRASPaWASP TOURS offers you an extraordinary adventure driving a Convertible Car. Cruise natural landscapes that only the Algarve can offer in which you will discover places, that is much more than sun and sand!

Reviewed By cuty777 - Washington DC, District of Columbia

I don't think I have ever been treated better by a business. Actually, to tell you the truth, I think even my friends are not quite as nice half of the time.
The communication with the owners happens in real time, they respond within minutes with very detailed information - pre-set Google maps, phone numbers, location, you name it.
Ralf and Ilenia delivered the scooter to our apartment, gave me an opportunity to try it out and when I did not prove to be quite as a capable rider as I thought, offered to take us on a tour in their convertible for no extra charge. (I almost rode the scooter into a store and they still let me ride it around the block for a proper test :))
Ilenia arrived on time, did an amazing job navigating narrow and hilly streets all the while chatting effortlessly about a variety of subjects (what an interesting life she's had!). She brought snorkeling equipment, swam to the caves with us, offered to take pictures, laughed and made our tour absolutely wonderful. There was no rush, it felt like we were out with a friend for an afternoon of swimming.
I would highly recommend working with this company - capable, patient, genuinely enjoying their job, providing the highest level of customer service.

3. Carvoeiro Boardwalk

Estrada do Algar Seco, Carvoeiro, Portugal
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4.5 based on 763 reviews

Carvoeiro Boardwalk

Reviewed By Sabine K

Carvoeiro built this boardwalk about 2 1/2 years ago and it is excellent and good fun, especially with nice weather (which is 310 days in a year), and blue skies. At the end you can have lunch at the ALGA SECO Restaurant. Good quality and all very fresh, especially the fish, which the fisherman from Carvoeiro delivers every morning! Service is friendly and quick! The view over the blue pools directly to the ocean is spectacular!! Go there on a nice sunny day, you won´t be disappointed. We live in Carvoeiro for 6 months every year and we always have lunch there when we feel like it!

4. Wildwatch Algarve

R. Infante Santo, 73, Ferragudo 8400-252, Portugal
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5 based on 213 reviews

Wildwatch Algarve

Wildwatch Algarve is dolphin watching and more. We leave from Ferragudo. After the trip in our dolphin watching center, you get extra information, coffee, tea and cookies and we show you the video of the dolphin trip... We offer unique cave trips, kayak and snorkelling trips as well as sailing adventures.

Reviewed By joannet723 - Exeter, United Kingdom

An incredible experience for the whole family. The company are passionate about conservation and very informative about their work in the area. The boats were well equipped and speedy, leave your sunglasses and hats at the base! We spent a couple of hours following a...Moreobrigado :)

5. Algarve Discovery

Avenida Tomas Cabreira | Edf. Rocha Mar, Loja 6, Praia da Rocha, Portimao 8500-000, Portugal +351 919 274 999
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Algarve Discovery

Algarve Discovery Lda, has to operate in the Algarve tourism sector specifically in Portimao area, the own jeep safari, tours in classic cars, renting bikes, electric bikes, 50cc motorcycle, 125cc motorcycles and vintage wasps. To broaden our services to the representation of other agents feel the need to create infrastructure able to meet the request of our customers, therefore we opened our store on Avenue cabreira doses near the Casino in Praia da Rocha. We believe add to the Algarve more than the Algarve and we intend to bring to the world the best of what the world has. Meet All experiences that can live with us

Reviewed By TikiTiki_7 - Orange County, California, USA

We booked the Algarve Coastline tour with Algarve Discovery and it was more spectacular than we could have imaged. First, we went in a small zodiac boat that held 10 people (we noticed many other tours had larger boats that wouldn't be able to navigate into the little coves like our guide could with the zodiac). The views are spectacular. I wish I could remember our guide's name but one of the highlights was how much he enjoyed showing us his beautiful country's coastline. You could tell he loved sharing it with us and telling us about Portugal. As if the boat tour wasn't amazing enough, we then went on the jeep tour. First we stopped at a very old church which was partially destroyed in the 1755 earthquake. Then we went by land to the coves that we had seen by sea and it was just incredible. Stunningly beautiful. I also don't recall our jeep driver's name, but once again, he was so gracious and patient while we took lots of photos and explored. He was in no rush as was also very happy to tell us whatever we wanted to learn about Southern Portugal. Very kind and proud to share his knowledge with us. He offered to stop at a small pastry shop on the way back and it was wonderful. The best coffee and chocolate salami we've ever had. Spectacular day. I could have done the exact same tour the following day as you can't get enough of the breathtaking Southern Portuguese coastline.

6. Taxi Ferry - Ferragudo

Rua Infante Santo | At The End Of The Quay, Ferragudo 8400-252, Portugal +351 927 272 784
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5 based on 156 reviews

Taxi Ferry - Ferragudo

Reviewed By KimD295 - Stockport, United Kingdom

Worth a trip to the small village of Ferragudo for a few hours, walk up to the church then back down to the square for lunch or to near by beach.

7. Subnauta Dive The Algarve

Rus Eng.Jose Bivar | Edificio Loja B, Praia da Rocha, Portimao, Portugal
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5 based on 111 reviews

Subnauta Dive The Algarve

Reviewed By P d

Subnauta was recommended to me because of the quality but mostly because of the wrecks you could visit. So I booked a 2-dive trip to the wrecks and e-mail contact with them went fine.
When I got there, all my equipment was already waiting for me and I could immediately proceed with the oxygen tests. There was a nice dressing room with lockers to change into my wetsuit and then we were then transported to the marina by a golf-cart, where the boat was waiting for us. After a short trip we arrived at the OceanRevival-site and got ready to dive.
Even though visibility here is not fantastic (5-6m), the wrecks were very impressive and especially prepped to enter at some places, even by non-certified wreckdivers. Also, there was abundant sealife present and multiple big Octopi.
after the first dive, we could lounge in the sun with a nice breakfast/lunch, while the staff changed the tanks and brought us to the second dive spot. You may want to consider bringing some sunscreen at a sunny day. The second dive was also great and after we were done, we were transported back to the marina and went back to the dive center with the same cart. Apart from removing personal items we didn't have to do a thing with all the equipment: the staff handled that.
In the locker room, towels were waiting for us to us in the spacious and very nice showers.
All in all two dives to remember at a fabulous diving center.

8. Algar Seco

Algar Seco, Carvoeiro 8400, Portugal +351 282 350 400
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4.5 based on 825 reviews

Algar Seco

Reviewed By Paul M - Brighton, United Kingdom

...and I didn’t even get to go in - yet!
From the clifftop path it is evidently something spectacular - the sparking turquoise colour of the water against the vivid orange cliffs - is stunning even in the winter sunlight.
But it is perhaps the accessibility and breathtaking scale of the caves that is unusual for this part of Europe.
Take a boat trip to the caves from Carvoeiro - you won’t regret it!

9. Slide & Splash - Water Slide Park

E.N.125 Vale de Deus-Estombar, Lagoa 8401-901, Portugal +351 282 340 800
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Slide & Splash - Water Slide Park

Opened on June 10, 1986, Slide & Splash has been considered one of the best and largest water parks in the country and Europe. With a total area of ​​7 hectares, the park offers many aquatic entertainments for all tastes and ages, as well as lawns or sun loungers, zones with animal shows, massage and fish spa, several restaurants and a shop. Slide & Splash guarantees the visitor the best possible fun, always with the maximum conditions of safety, hygiene and comfort, in accordance with the law decree nº 5/97 of March, which regulates the activity of the water parks in Portugal.

Reviewed By 4plusadogandcat - London

So said my 12 year old. This is the rest of her review:
"I really enjoyed going to Slide And Splash since there were lots of slides for every skill level. I went on most of the rides, however I couldn't quite conquer the Kamikaze or drops. My personal favourites were the Big Wave and Tornado. There's a wide range of slides which are all very different and are suitable for birth kids and adults. Around the perimeter of the park there are paths which are great when the main paths are hot. These paths, however, do not cover the whole park and where there aren't water paths, the floor is very bumpy and uncomfortable to walk on - this includes the steps to each ride. The day after visiting the park, my feet hurt which was very annoying but this would definitely not stop me from going again. Overall it was a great experience with fun slides, exciting wildlife shows and friendly workers."
From a adult perspective, a great fun water park aimed squarely at the family market. Older teenage thrill seekers should look elsewhere. Coffee great too, unusually for these places. We did visit near to the end of the season so virtually no queues - perfectly warm enough and water fine too.

10. Ferragudo Boat Trips

Rua Infante Santo, Ferragudo 8400-252, Portugal
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5 based on 90 reviews

Ferragudo Boat Trips

Fantastic boat trips along the Algarve coast to Carvoeiro with visits to the caves. River trips along the Arade up to Silves or to Sitio das Fontes in Estombar and trips on the Odelouca River. Tailormade trips and/or harbour excursions. Typical Portuguese fishing boat captained by Ferragudo fisherman Luis. Takes up to 9 passengers and offers a great trip for all the family. Refreshments included. Private charters available.

Reviewed By Diana V

We had a wonderful trip with friends this morning with Luis . His enthusiasm and knowledge for the sea and coastline is evident as he has lived and worked in Feraguddo all his life . A not to be missed experience for a trip to...MoreThanks so much. Hope you join us again. Enjoy the rest of your holiday.

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