Ferragudo appeals for support in ‘7 Wonders of Portugal’ bid

Ferragudo, one of the Algarve’s most picturesque fishing villages, is calling for support to be named one of the ‘7 Wonders of Portugal’.

Situated at the mouth of the Arade River, it has been nominated for the category of ‘Sea Village’ following a successful bid presented by the Ferragudo parish council.

But now comes the hardest part – securing the votes it needs from the public.

Thus the parish council is encouraging everyone who wants the village to be distinguished to back the bid and vote when the time comes.

The council explains that voting will take place sometime between July 9 and August 2 after the daily Telejornal news broadcast on RTP1.

Meantime, Ferragudo is promoting an impressive video filmed by drone that includes dazzling aerial views of the village and the Arade River (click here). Posted on the parish council’s Facebook page, it has over 38,000 views and aims to showcase why it deserves to win.

Other regional nominees for the ‘7 Wonders of Portugal’ include Estoi, Faro (Monument Village); Alte, Loulé (Authentic Village); Bordeira, Aljezur (Protected Area Village); and finally Cachopo, Tavira and Paderne, Albufeira (Rural Village).

“The Algarve is a territory with diverse landscapes, including coastal areas, mountains, rivers, and of course, picturesque villages that are rich in tradition and charm and have a lot to offer visitors,” regional tourism boss Desidério Silva said in April when nominees were announced.

He added: “Our villages have a unique cultural and historical identity that shows in their monuments, handicraft and gastronomy. With this contest, we hope to show the public these unique parts of our region.”

Winners will be announced on September 3.

See the full list of nominees at www. 7maravilhas.pt

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