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Barreta Island: Our most recommended tours and activities

Faro: Ria Formosa Faro Islands Catamaran Tour

1. Faro: Ria Formosa Faro Islands Catamaran Tour

Sail to the beautiful Ria Formosa Natural Park by catamaran, with regular departures scheduled from Faro. The journey follows the Ria Formosa channels and includes stops at the magical islands of Farol and Deserta. See the imposing Santa Maria Lighthouse in Farol and enjoy time to explore and try island cuisine. In Deserta, admire the rolling dunes and unique landscapes. Look out for unique flora and fauna, including the chameleon. Enjoy plenty of swimming opportunities on both islands, with secluded beaches and pristine shores. On board, learn about the islands and the park with insightful commentary from your guide in various languages.

From Olhão: Ria Formosa 3-Island Full-Day Tour

2. From Olhão: Ria Formosa 3-Island Full-Day Tour

Explore three islands by boat on this cruise from Olhão to Farol, Culatra and Armona Islands or the deserted beach. Experience the beautiful, deserted beaches of the islands and discover the Culatra island. Travel in small groups of 11 people. Your guide will explain the Ria Formosa and the islands to you throughout the tour and help with anything you need. Set off with your captain and tour guide on an incredible three-island tour. First, make a stop at Ilha do Farol of 45 minutes until 1 hour , where you can visit the village, have a refreshing drink, go to the beach and stroll through the neighborhoods of beautiful houses. In Farol, there are several establishments open during the summer. Continue with a visit to Culatra Island for a few hours and enjoy a picnic or visit one of the local restaurants. Culatra Island also has a beautiful beach , if you prefer to enjoy the sea instead of eating on site. Stop on the island for 2 hours to have lunch and explore the village. Around 1000 people live on this fishing island throughout the year, where fishing has been the predominant business on the island for many generations. There are 2 schools, 1 church, 1 football team, several restaurants, cafes and souvenir and craft shops. There is a bakery with its own production that makes delicious cakes that leave our customers surprised by the authentic taste of the cakes. If you want to go to the beach we recommend taking a picnic or you can have a delicious meal on Culatra Island (in summer it's best to make a reservation) Then head to Ilha da Armona or the deserted beach, depending on the season. In summer, you can enjoy the deserted beach , with its beautiful natural landscape, free from buildings , where we will stay for 1 hour .  This is one of the most beautiful beaches in the Algarve. It is a beach only accessible by boat, so it is always more deserted than the beaches on the islands. In this paradisiacal place, the white sand and crystal clear water make this beach one of the most desired in the entire Algarve and the best stop on this tour. Enjoy the tranquility of the environment. If it's too windy, cold or it's winter, we swap the deserted beach for the magnificent Armona Island! The beautiful Armona Island is inhabited year-round by locals and tourists and it is spectacular for a beautiful walk to the coast admiring the flowers and gardens of the houses on the islands, where many of them are available for rent during the holidays. If we don't stop at the deserted beach, we will stop at Armona Island for 1h00 A combination of several experiences, you will discover magnificent beaches with white sand and crystal clear water, islands and communities, admire the nature of the Ria Formosa and its fauna and flora, the gastronomy and special dishes of the Island and the region. You will learn more about fishing techniques, customs and traditions, a super complete tour to learn a lot about the region and enjoy a wonderful boat trip.

From Faro: Catamaran Boat Trip to Deserta Island with Stop

3. From Faro: Catamaran Boat Trip to Deserta Island with Stop

Discover a hidden paradise of the Algarve on a catamaran cruise from Faro. Climb aboard to journey through the channels of the Ria Formosa Natural Park on a 45-minute trip to see seabirds and native plants. Then, dock at Ilha Deserta (also known as Barreta Island and Santa Maria Cape Island). Only accessible by boat, the island remains unspoiled and it’s hard to believe such a natural jewel still exists in Europe. Go to a unique beach at the southernmost point of Portugal and sample the traditional flavors of the Algarve at the environmentally-friendly Estaminé Restaurant. Opt to stay on the island for a few hours or the entire day, and return to Faro whenever you want. Avail of a number of return crossings for your convenience.

From Faro: Ria Formosa Hop-On Hop-Off Island Cruise

4. From Faro: Ria Formosa Hop-On Hop-Off Island Cruise

Discover 3 of Ria Formosa's barrier islands and admire the wonderful world of the fauna and flora of this part of the Algarve coast. Travel by hop-on hop-off boat and enjoy the flexibility to choose the time you want to spend at each of the islands. A professional team of boat skippers will be here to guide you and provide all the necessary information ensuring you'll have a pleasant and enjoyable stay. With regular departures scheduled from the pier in Faro, aboard a speedboat or ferry boat heading in direction of Desert Island which will be your first stop. Spend the day exploring the only uninhabited island and enjoy the tranquility of this peaceful place. Relax on the beach, observe the wildlife, or walk to Cape Saint Mary. Swim in the ocean’s clear waters, sunbathe or enjoy a memorable meal at Estaminé during your visit to Desert Island. Next, visit Farol Island and the small village of Farol. Take a stroll along the sea wall, visit the island's namesake lighthouse or enjoy a drink at one of the beach bars. At the last stop, visit the small fishing village of Culatra Island. During low tide, observe the oyster farms that are exported internationally. Visit the church and school, meet the locals, and observe traditional fishing gear before heading back to Faro.

Faro: Deserta Island and Farol Island Catamaran Boat Trip

5. Faro: Deserta Island and Farol Island Catamaran Boat Trip

When you’re in Portugal make sure to experience this exciting catamaran boat to Deserta and Farol islands that will take you through the spectacular nature of the Ria Formosa. Come see why this region was elected one of the 7 Natural Wonders of Portugal. Depart from the Marina of Faro sailing slowly through the channels of the Ria Formosa to fully enjoy the beautiful landscape. Along the tour you will see birds like the Grey Heron, the White Stork and many other birds that use this area as a feeding habitat. As you approach the islands and beaches you see the lighthouse of Culatra Island where you make our first stop. Looking around, one can observe the hard work of the people in the oyster and clam farms. A closer look towards the coastline and you will notice the market of the city of Olhão - an important fishing town. And off toward the ocean you can glimpse one of the most important sea entrances of the Ria Formosa. The next stop is Farol Island. Here, you can enjoy a walk around the streets of this small but friendly community. When passing by the lighthouse, go on until the very end to admire an extensive beach of fine white sand washed by calm warm waters. Leave the Farol Island and make your second stop at Deserta Island. This island is also known as Barreta Island. Here lies the most southern point of Portugal - the Santa Maria Cape. In this second stop you can choose to explore the fauna and flora of the island by an easy walk or simply enjoy the sunshine and bathe in the clear waters of the beach.

From Olhão: Ria Formosa 3-Island Full-Day Tour with Sunset

6. From Olhão: Ria Formosa 3-Island Full-Day Tour with Sunset

Begin your island-hopping trip with your captain who will act as your tour guide. First, stop at Lighthouse Island, where you can visit its village, get a drink, go to the beach, and explore the neighborhoods of beautiful houses. Continue on to Culatra Island for a few hours for a picnic lunch or visit one of the local restaurants. Culatra Island has beautiful swimming areas, if you prefer to play in the water instead of eating here. Stop on the island for 2 hours to enjoy lunch and to explore the village. Next, make your way to Armona Island or Desert beach , depending on the season. In the summertime, Deserta beach hosts a beautiful, wild beach with no buildings. Explore either the Ria Formosa for a swim, or take in the Atlantic Ocean side of the island. The beautiful Armona Island is inhabited all year-long with locals and vacationers. Discover its deserted beach and take in the tranquil surroundings.

Faro: Private Ria Formosa Faro Islands Catamaran Tour

7. Faro: Private Ria Formosa Faro Islands Catamaran Tour

Sail to the beautiful Ria Formosa Natural Park by private catamaran, from Faro. The journey follows the Ria Formosa channels and includes stops at the islands of Farol and Deserta. See the imposing Santa Maria Lighthouse in Farol and enjoy time to explore and try island cuisine. In Deserta, admire the rolling dunes and unique landscapes. Look out for unique flora and fauna. Enjoy plenty of swimming opportunities on both islands, with secluded beaches and pristine shores. On board, learn about the islands and the park with insightful commentary from your guide in various languages.

Sunset on a Classic boat in Ria Formosa Olhão, drinks&music.

8. Sunset on a Classic boat in Ria Formosa Olhão, drinks&music.

Let's Venture into dusk on a Classic boat cruise through the beautiful Ria Formosa Natural, as you relax and become one with nature and wildlife of this amazing Paradise. The emphasis of this tour is to enjoy and take your mind off things. Drinks and local snacks are served onboard. Sunset, that magical and unhurried moment, when it seems that nature and time itself slow down while our King Star says goodbye to us and inevitably dives into the horizon, displaying dazzling colours, sensations of tranquillity and unforgettable pleasure. A moment of acceptance and peace. Sunset our emblem and inspiration, the philosophy that drove our project, the desire to offer pleasant and unforgettable experiences in your own time, without rush or extremes, at your own pace. Experience the sweet odor of the "everlasting" plant flowing warmly through your senses, awakening you from the "spinning wheel" even if for a moment. Get in sinchronicity with nature's rhythm, with no rush, let the the warm ocean summer breeze gently embrace you, dazzle your mind with the infinite shades of golden color reflecting and coloring everything with the amazing feeling of being where you always should have been. Sip your drink to the sound of pure nature, the birds, the waves, or, the right musical note for that unrepeatable magical moment, pure enjoyment. You'll also be able to swim in crystal clear waters and desert beaches if you feel up to it, otherwise you can always stroll through the desert island at sundown, a unique moment in a magical place. Itinerary ·The tour will begin once we gather in Olhão's main pier. ·Afterwards, we'll depart to Saint Mary's Cape, the southernmost point of continental Portugal with a perfect unimpeded view of the sunset. ·We'll continue to sail to the village of "Farol" in the most western end of Culatra island, where you will enjoy an amazing view with the prominence of the lighthouse over the landscape. ·Next, we'll reach a sea bar between the "Farol" village and the island of Barreta, where we'll stop to witness the awaited moment the sun "touches" the horizon and says goodbye. Depending on your interests or/and local tide and wind conditions we may get off the boat in the desert island at sunset. ·We sail back slowly after sunset, going back to Olhão at twilight, arriving under the stars.

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4.7
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Very good, the captain was very confident at all times, gave the corresponding explanations with a very good command of Spanish and spent the necessary time on each of the islands to be able to visit them calmly. Even on the second we made a stop of two and a half hours; which allowed us to eat quietly and explore it

Miguel was an excellent guide, they are concerned about the safety and well-being of clients.

the guide was very informative and the tour was fantastic would recommend

Very pleasant activities, professional and friendly French guide! !

It was very impressive and the Guide was great! :)