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Faro Best Beaches | Beach Guide

Faro does not have a beach of its own as such, but the wonderful sandy beaches of Ilha da Culatra, with its picturesque lighthouse and the wilder, uninhabited Ilha Deserta (Barreta) are just a short trip across the lagoon by ferry or private water taxi. These are great destinations, not just for sun worshippers but for birdwatching and snorkelling in the crystal clear waters.  If you don’t fancy the boat ride, the Praia da Faro island is joined to the mainland by a bridge, making it accessible by bus or by car.  Because it’s easier to access, this beach can get fairly crowded in peak summer season.

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  • Ilha da Armona

    The Ilha da Armona, on which the Praia is situated, is one of three islands off the coast around Faro that form part of the extensive Ria Formosa National Park, a small...

    Blue Flag beach Naturist / Nudist beach Accessible beach
  • Praia do Faro

    Faro's main beach is a long, narrow sandy bar reached by a road that crosses the lagoon just south of Faro airport. A typical 'ilha' beach, Praia de Faro is a long sweep of sand...

  • Farol - Ilha da Cultura

    The Ilha da Cultura is a small, but very sandy island located just beyond the Ria Formosa nature reserve off...

    Faro Olhão
    Blue Flag beach
  • Ilha Deserta beach - Faro

    Situated within the Ria Formosa National Park, just off the coast of Faro the Ilha Deserta (Deserted island) lives up to its name. There are no permanent inhabitants here and the only significant structure on the...

    Faro Olhão
    Naturist / Nudist beach
  • Praia do Ancão beach

    The seemingly endless stretch of golden sands that form the Praia do Ancão sits roughly halfway between Faro and Quarteira. It is also lies within the so-called "Golden Triangle" which is an area containing the...

    Faro Quarteira
    Blue Flag beach

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Surrounded by fertile fields of trees bearing fruit, olives and the almonds for which the Algarve is famous, Faro is a large town of over 50,000 inhabitants, the administrative capital of the province, lies at the heart of the...

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