Brave the cold with a New Year’s Day swim

Brave the cold with a New Year’s Day swim

Those brave enough to take their first swim of the year on New Year’s Day (January 1) are invited to do so at Praia do Pintadinho in Ferragudo at 11am.
Organised by the local parish council, the ninth ‘Banho de Mar’ is expecting 150 people to greet 2015 with a symbolic if not icy dip.
T-shirts and hot chocolate will be offered to swimmers, but “other surprises” are also promised.
Meantime, Lagoa firemen and representatives from Portimão ports authority will be on hand in case of any mishaps.
Anyone gung ho enough to take part can sign up at the local parish council, post office (up to December 29) or at the beach before 10.45am on New Year’s Day.