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It dates from the 15th century with later additions in the 18th century it was one of two built. The other being on the Portimao side giving great defences to the river mouth. When the fort came to the end of its use it was sold which went into private hands. It remains so today and not open to the public. Hidden on the back roads the town offers many restaurant used by locals. Fish soup is one to look out for as the town seems to favour it, can be eaten as a starter or main course. As the town heads uphill with the church towards the top you will come across gift shops and handcrafts on offer as well. Moving away from the town centre, you will see many villas overlooking the lighthouse down a one-way lane towards the coast on Ponta do Altar. For those who like walking it is possible to do so from the town, with the furthest beach being, Praia dos Caneiros. Easily found, as the council has painted arrows from the town along the coast for you to follow. When you get to Ferragudo lighthouse there is a panoramic views of Portimao harbour across the river, with Monchique Mountain in the background. One of the best photograph opportunities for sea/ land views. Ferragudo has two good beaches and very large so no overcrowding in peak season, Praia Grande and Praia do Pintadinho. Ferragudo has much to offer with good shopping and a nearby large Lidl’s.