Faro is a beautiful city in Portugal with a lot to offer any visitor, which is why it is so popular amongst tourists. For those looking to get off the beaten track and explore a little bit beyond Faro, embark on an island hopping adventure. These are two islands we suggest you explore; you’ll quickly find yourself in a whole other world! |
A pristine beach on an uninhabited island away from the big tourists groups… does that sounds too good to be true? Luckily it’s not, because that’s exactly what Ilha Deserta is. You won’t believe that you are actually still close to Faro when you get here, because this spot is still very much unknown by many, meaning that you’ll be able to explore in a relaxed environment. Ilha Deserta, which translates to Deserted Island, is situated in the Ria Formosa Natural Park and is complete with a long white sand beach and crystal clear waters. You can stroll on the beach for miles and let the beauty of this area take your breath away.
You can find some sun loungers and shades on the beach, perfect for sitting down with a good book. You can also explore the island a little more with an environmentally-friendly boat, which are available for hire. All in all, spending the day on this aptly named Deserted Island is one of the ideal things to do in Faro away from the crowds. You can reach Ilha Deserta easily via public ferry.
Ilha da Cultura
Also located in Ria Formosa Natural Park, Ilha da Cultura is a pristine island not visited by many tourists in the area. Around 1000 people live here, many of whom are fisherman. The beaches here are long and sandy and you’ll easily be able to find a quite spot to relax. The sea is calm and very clean, making is perfect for both snorkelling and diving. You’ll be able to see plenty of beautiful fish.
Ilha da Cultura is a vehicle-free destination, meaning that the only way to get around the island is by foot. You can explore the fishing village as well as the lighthouse, all connected by wooden paths. You’re bound to see some local animals on your hike around the island, as well as appreciating the magnificent beaches from all sides. The island is a world away from mainland Algarve and an ideal destination for anyone looking for unique things to do in Faro.
How to Get There
In order to explore these hidden gems near Faro, catch one of the many budget flights on offer from the UK to Faro airport. Once you arrive, the easiest way to get to your accommodation is with a service like Shuttle Direct. Using the budget shared shuttles is a great way to save some money, and meet some of your fellow travellers. You’ll get to your destination quickly and easily, allowing you to start exploring the many things to do in Faro and its surrounding area right away.
Lukas Johannes is a driver for Shuttle Direct, the number one provider of shared and private airport transfers all over Europe and northern Africa. If you’re looking for ideas on things to do in Faro, Lukas and his colleagues can give you some excellent tips as well as get you and your luggage get to and from the airport swiftly and safely.
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