Who would think that one of Portugal’s most pristine beaches would be just at the foot of one of the country’s busiest communities?  Ilha Deserta (Deserted Island), in the Algarve near the city of Faro, is a welcome respite from other crowded, popular beaches  across the region. And, the adventure to reach it enhances the uniqueness of this must-visit beach.



Ilha Deserta is just as its name suggests.  It is an uninhabited island in the Ria Formosa Natural Park with crystal waters and a white sandy beach that rolls for miles. It’s practically unexploited nature makes it one of the most pristine beaches in the Algarve.

Ilha Deserta Beach Algarve

Ilha Deserta

Though quiet and tranquil, this beautiful beach still provides its users with sunshades, sun chairs and a few environmental friendly boats to rent. Its Blue Flag distinction (awarded by the European community) signifies this particular beach has excellent water and beach quality.


Getting There
Don’t think you can walk or drive to Ilha Deserta.  To get there, it is necessary to find water transportation. A public ferry departs every day from Porta Nova Pier in Faro.

Ferry Schedule:
Departures:  10:00, 11:30, 13:15, 15:00, 16:45, 18:15
Returns:  10:45, 12:45, 14:30, 16:00, 17:30, 19:00

You can also rent a private boat (+351-918 779 155 for reservations)

Faro Ria Formosa

Ria Formosa from Faro to Ilha Deserta

Restaurante Estaminé
Enjoy an unforgettable meal at the southernmost restaurant in Portugal. Fresh fish (sea bream, sea bass) and shellfish (try the clams from Ria Formosa) dishes are some of the specialties of this unique beach restaurant.
Reservations suggested:  +351 917 811 856.

Restaurant Estaminé Faro

Restaurant Estaminé

Nature Trails & Tours
A nature fan? A 2km trail along the sand dunes gives you the opportunity to observe ia Formosa wildlife. Or, to discover the true natural secrets of Ria Formosa and Ilha Deserta, there are guided tours daily at 14:30.
For complete information and schedules:  +351 918 779 155 or info@ilha-deserta.com

Ria Formosa Nature Tours

Nature of the Ria Formosa

More information at Ilha Deserta Website

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