Praia da Ilha da Culatra

Farol - Ilha da Cultura Farol - Ilha da Cultura
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Ilha da Culatra Beach

The Ilha da Cultura is a small, but very sandy island located just beyond the Ria Formosa nature reserve off the coast of Faro. It is only accessible by a ferry from Faro which guarantees it never gets super busy. However, unlike the neighboring Ilha Deserta (Deserted Island) there are a few permanent residents at the western end of the island in Farol - which is Portuguese for lighthouse. The laid back beach town gets a fair bit busier in the summer but still retains plenty of charm along with a choice restaurants and cafés. The beach itself is a great long expanse of beautiful sand stretching for nearly 2km. Backed by gentle sand dunes and the turquoise waters of the Algarve this is a bit of a gem.

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Praia da Ilha da Culatra tide times

  • Fri 30th September
    High 5:49am (3.20m)
    Low 12:03pm (0.90m)
    High 6:12pm (3.08m)
  • Sat 1st October
    Low 12:21am (1.03m)
    High 6:34am (3.06m)
    Low 12:51pm (1.06m)
    High 7:02pm (2.87m)
  • Sun 2nd October
    Low 1:10am (1.20m)
    High 7:29am (2.89m)
    Low 1:54pm (1.23m)
    High 8:08pm (2.66m)
  • Mon 3rd October
    Low 2:17am (1.38m)
    High 8:43am (2.75m)
    Low 3:21pm (1.34m)
    High 9:38pm (2.54m)

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