Taxi Ferry links Portimão and Ferragudo

A new taxi-boat service between Portimão and Ferragudo (Lagoa) has been launched, filling a niche sought after by a growing number of residents and tourists.

Taxi Ferry lbetween portimao and ferragudoRui Manuel Modesto, head of the Taxi Ferry company, says the venture has been launched to “satisfy a need” that had become obvious.

“Residents and tourists would ask why there wasn’t a river crossing between Ferragudo and Praia da Rocha or Portimão. There is a demand for it. If they don’t have a car then they have to travel by bus or taxi and it’s so much nicer and quicker to cross the river by boat. When tourists arrive they are already sick of being stuck inside, in offices, in cars or on buses.”

Having carried out its maiden voyage last Saturday (25 May), Modesto says the response to the service has “exceeded our expectations; it has been very good.”

Carrying out the service is a tailor-made boat ordered and shipped over from the USA via Tomar-based company Atlantic Masters. Atlantic Masters is Portugal’s exclusive importer of Harris Flotebote boats, which are widely used on rivers and waterways in the States.
The €60,000 investment arrived in Portugal earlier this year, in March, and can carry up to 12 passengers and one crew at a time.

There is no minimum passenger number restriction to the service, which links the village of Ferragudo to Praia da Rocha’s Marina, Portimão’s riverside museum, and Praia Grande in Ferragudo.
“People just have to turn up or call us and let us know what time they want picking up and where from”, Modesto explains.
One-way trips cost between €4 and €5 per person. Return trips cost between €6 and €8. Children aged six or under travel free and mutual discount benefits have been organised with local participating restaurants and bars.

The Arade Taxi Ferry service will run “at least until October, or as long as the weather permits.”
Hopes are that it will become a year-round service.
Over coming weeks it will run between 9am and midnight, before extending the hours until “two, three, four in the morning” in the height of summer.

Modesto is confident the service will be a successful and long-running one, fulfilling a niche where others have tried and failed.

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