Ilha Deserta, Faro
Composed of three islets of volcanic origin, Ilha Deserta sit just off the coast of Morocco, roughly between the Madeira and Canary islands. Classified as a nature preserve since the 1990s, these islands shelter both rare and native species. The archipelago's major attraction remains its population of about two dozen monk seals, widely regarded as the rarest seals in the world. Due to the islands' barren soil and arid climate, the only other wildlife surviving here consists of about 15 species of birds and a scarce population of feral goats, rabbits, and rodents. The easiest access to the islands is by guided boat tour, which you can join in the port city of Faro. Put Ilha Deserta and other Faro attractions into our Faro online travel planner , and watch your holiday take shape.
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Tours to Ilha Deserta
Half-day Ria Formosa Natural Park Faro Islands Boat Cruise from Faro BOOK WITH VIATOR FROM $40
Duration: 4 hours 30 minutes
Boat trip from Faro to Ilha Deserta by Ferry BOOK WITH VIATOR FROM $11
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Glass bottom Islands boat tour & BBQ lunch in culatra Island BOOK WITH VIATOR FROM $51
Duration: 4 to 5 hours
Ilha Deserta Reviews
Mit der Fähre (10 Euro hin und zurück, jeweils 45 min Fahrt, oder mit dem Schnellboot für jeweils 10 Euro und 20min Fahrt gelangt man auf die Insel. Schon die Fahrt ist ein Erlebnis durch das seichte ... more »By ferry (10 euros round trip, 45 min ride each, or by speedboat for 10 euros each and 20min ride you can get to the island. Even the ride is an experience through the shallow water and offers beautiful views of the island or other islands, for some part the ferry ride with a duration of 45 minutes is just right to enjoy the route. Knowing the departure times and return times is certainly not wrong. Depending on the length of your stay, it is advisable to bring drinks and a small or large snack if you do not necessarily want to shop or have lunch in the only restaurant on the island. You can comfortably relax all day long on the beautiful and if you walk a few meters from the pier, also deserted sandy beach or also on the other side of the island following the "woodland path," here you have a beautiful view towards the mainland or the Interlived islands. You can only spend a few hours (e.g. 2h) on the island and then start your journey home again or you invest half a day or whole day and relax on the beach, eat comfortably in the restaurant at lunch and explore the beautiful nature. You should have in mind the time needed to return to the pier so as not to miss the window of opportunity for the return journey. Since the island is about 6 km long, as mentioned above you can also invest a whole day, i.e. 10 o 'clock and 17.30 return trip to explore the whole island. Nothing stands in the way of an extended beach holiday either, but you can then take the bus to the Praia de Faro, where you also have a nice beach and a lot more choice in terms of culinary catering. Nevertheless, the island alone is worth a trip because of the beautiful pristine nature
Total relax .. no stress. Oceano dinanzi agli occhi … sole caldo. Spiaggia enorme, bello anche passeggiare. Vento molto forte. more »Total relax.. No stress. Ocean before the eyes... Hot sun. Huge beach, nice also walk around. Very strong wind.
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