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Brave the cold with New Year’s Day swim in Ferragudo

New Year’s Day swim is moving to new location

Ferragudo is getting ready to welcome 2024 with its traditional New Year’s Day swim, which challenges those brave enough to a swim in the sea on January 1 at 11am.

Next year’s edition will be held at Praia Grande as opposed to the usual location of Praia do Pintadinho where it has taken place for 15 years, after this year’s event attracted over 400 swimmers and spectators, leading to bottlenecks, overcrowding and parking issues near the beach.

In order to find a new spot for the event, an online public consultation was held by the local parish council between November 1 and December 8.

“Following the consultation, the beach chosen for the New Year’s Day Sea Swim in 2024 was Praia Grande, with 66% of the votes, in a survey in which 100 people participated,” the parish council said.

It added that the usual complimentary t-shirts, hot cocoa and entertainment will be provided, with Club Nau, one of the restaurants at Praia Grande, acting as the sponsor.

By Michael Bruxo

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