The beach is located at the easternmost tip of the Island of Armona, opposite the fishing village of Fuseta, on the mainland. The Ria Formosa is narrower here and the boat zig-zags its way through the same channels flanked by marshland and banks of silt, but the journey is shorter. The sea storms of 2010 significantly altered the configuration of this narrow stretch of sand, and the small cluster of summer holiday homes that used to be here has now vanished. A new harbour had to be created artificially on the island. Called “Barra Nova” (New Harbour), it is situated about 1.5 km to the east of the beach’s bathing area.
The support infrastructures have been upgraded and back-to-nature is the new motto on Fuseta Beach. The stretch of sand between the new harbour and the place where the old harbour used to be has been given the name Praia da Barra Nova (New Harbour Beach) and is now a deserted, unspoilt stretch of sand with extremely appealing natural pools at low tide.