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.