Get ready to venture into a special wetland area, where you will find some of the most beautiful scenery along the Algarve coast. In a marshland area between Faro and Tavira, there are five islands that serve as a barrier between the sea and the Ria Formosa. They lie within the Ria Formosa Nature Park and have their own distinct ecosystem. Ilha da Barreta is a small piece of paradise with a 10km stretch of sand bathed by warm, crystal-clear water. It is uninhabited and few people visit.
Ilha da Culatra comprises several beaches, including Farol, Culatra and Hangares, all of them offering water of exceptional quality. Here you can still see the population’s fishing traditions. The beaches of Fuzeta and Ilha da Armona lie close to Olhão and are much sought-after for water sports. Both have vast stretches of sand and you can choose a quieter or busier section depending on your mood.
Ilha de Tavira offers a huge stretch of sand, calm waters and beach facilities, including a campsite. And, lastly, there is Ilha de Cabanas, seven kilometres long and almost deserted. Once you have been here, we think you’ll agree when we say you’ve been to heaven.