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Ilhas Desertas

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Address: Santa Cruz, Faro 8005-554, Portugal
Phone Number: +351 289 822 098
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peaceful idyllic place

Perfect place to go if you want to switch off yourself and forget about all worries of everyday life. Beautiful wide sandy beach stretches for miles, go for a walk or just relax... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 1, 2015
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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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21 reviews 21 reviews
9 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015 NEW

Perfect place to go if you want to switch off yourself and forget about all worries of everyday life. Beautiful wide sandy beach stretches for miles, go for a walk or just relax and watch ocean. You can start on broad-walk and come back along the beach, finish in restaurant. You can get on island by speed boat or ferry.

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Wetherby, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015

Short of time, I paid a quick there-and -back trip on the ferry (there is a range of different trips available from full guided nature excursions to a basic ride) to look at the strange marshland and the view of the town and coast as the sun was setting. Very atmospheric, and a longer trip than I expected. Certainly shows... More 

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Faro
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11 reviews 11 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

Real nice and almost deserted island. Just you, the sand and the sea (and a good small restaurant with nice but a bit pricey food).

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Caerphilly County, United Kingdom
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5 reviews 5 reviews
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

Spent the day here via the extremely friendly ferry service. It must be fantastic in the summer with an 11km beach. We were treated to some awesome waves with the high wind we had, so if like us you go in winter don't be fooled by the weather on the mainland. Glad we had fleeces & jeans on.

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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015

When they say deserted, they really mean deserted! Apart from the restaurant (which is good if a little pricey), there is splendid nothing but the long perfect sands, the birds and the waves and idle hours beach-combing for pretty shells etc. I'm assuming its much busier when it's not a cloudy morning in January however...!

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015 via mobile

We just missed the ferry and would have had to come back another time but very helpfully the organiser offered to take us out to ferry by speed boat. This was great fun and we then joined the regular ferry. Dropped off at island and had excellent lunch at restaurant and after short walk returned by ferry. Great day out... More 

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Lisbon, Portugal
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117 reviews 117 reviews
65 attraction reviews
83 helpful votes 83 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015

There are several islands at Ria Formosa (all with you have three departure ports: Faro - in front of the old fortress - and Olhão - 100 mts from the Fish Market), namely CULATRA, FAROL and DESERTA. On the boat trip to them you can see beautiful landscapes and take lovely photos. The best Island is DESERTA, in fact "desert"... More 

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Penrith, United Kingdom
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22 reviews 22 reviews
14 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015

I went ther with boat from Faro pier on Thursday 14.of January , was windy, a lot of shells on beach floor.

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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23 reviews 23 reviews
14 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014

Amazing place to be. Miles of empty beautiful beach. Possibly one of the nicest and cleanest beaches I've ever seen. I came here in April so some activities were closed but in the summer I imagine it to be great! Would suit couples, friends and even elderly people for a quiet relaxing time.

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Calgary
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18 reviews 18 reviews
7 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014 via mobile

A protected area that is only accessible by tour or ferry. If your interested in birds and nature you can do the tour if not then just pay for the ferry ride out. We were there in December so we didn't get to swim or enjoy the beach to the fullest but there is a nice boardwalk that takes you... More 

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