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Praia de Faro (Península do Ancão)


Praia de Faro (Península do Ancão)


Sea Beach – Known as “Faro Island”, this expanse of sand is actually part of the Ancão Peninsula that delimits the Ria Formosa to the west. Road access is via a narrow bridge that crosses one of the inlets of the estuary and banks of marshland and silt. Despite its urban setting and intense tourist traffic in the summer, at the far eastern and western ends of the beach, the summer holiday homes give way to the picturesque houses of fishermen and shellfish gatherers and, gradually, the dunes and the marshes take over the landscape.

Ria Beach – You can go to the beach in the ria (estuary) but it is a narrow beach, occupied by many boats, and is not classified as a bathing area. This stretch of water is mostly used for water sports, and you will often pleasure boats and other vessels sailing on it. This is a marvellous place to visit, encompassing the uplands and the city of Faro, framed by the Ria Formosa.

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Road access is by a tarmacked road from the EN 125, heading towards the airport for approximately 6 km. Organised parking is available. The various support infrastructures include restaurants, WC, information and recreational facilities, and there are lifeguards on duty in the summer holiday season. During the summer, you can also get to the beach on one of the regular boat services that leave from the dock in the centre of Faro (Porta Nova). There is plenty of organised parking close to the quay, in Largo de São Francisco. Faro Sea Beach is an accessible beach. Faro Ria Beach has no lifeguards on duty. Orientation: south-west.

: 37° 0'27.40"N 7°59'42.77"W

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  • Blue Flag
    Blue Flag
  • Accessible Beach
    Accessible Beach

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