We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Ilha da Culatra

Address: Olhao, Portugal
Improve this listing
97%
Ranked #2 of 5 Attractions in Olhao
Type: Islands, Nature & Parks
Attraction details
Type: Islands, Nature & Parks

Hotels near Ilha da Culatra

Write a Review

213 reviews from our community

Visitor rating
    141
    66
    6
    0
    0
Date | Rating
  • Danish first
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Norwegian first
  • Polish first
  • Portuguese first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
Lisbon, Portugal
Top Contributor
96 reviews 96 reviews
51 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015 NEW

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. This one is a tipical fishermen village, with... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Algarve
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

If you like walking along an almost deserted beach or if you just want the short ferry ride and then sit in a bar near the ferry until you want to go back to the mainland you will enjoy Culatra

Was this review helpful? Yes
Bridgnorth, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
41 reviews 41 reviews
10 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

lovely local boat ride in the water bus, filled with locals and low season tourists. Beautiful walk on the island. Go with the locals, no need to spend mega bucks on the tourist tour boats.

Was this review helpful? Yes
bordeaux
Top Contributor
60 reviews 60 reviews
10 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014

Take the regular ferry to this island and visit another world.Charming little houses abound in the villages.They have had a football club on the island since 1974 but only acquired less essential services such as healthcare and sanitation in the 2000's .The people can appear sullen but such are island folk and scratch the surface and you will find warm... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes 2
Rotterdam, The Netherlands
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2014

This island is just a peace of paradise in earth. You can walk for miles with no one around. Don't forget to take a picnic with you and sun protection.

Was this review helpful? Yes 2
Nottingham, England, United Kingdom
Reviewer
5 reviews 5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2014

Beautiful place to visit and get a true insight to how the locals live. A must-see for anyone visiting olhao!

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Manchester, United Kingdom
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014

Walk all the way to the other side of the Island when you get off the ferry, follow the footpath. At the end there is an idyllic piece of secluded beach with lovely clear blue sea. The sand is so beautiful and soft it's like walking on talcum powder!

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Ibiza, Spain
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014

a good day out on a boat with family and kids. reasonnable prices a very nice typiccal portugues fisherman island.

Was this review helpful? Yes
United Kingdom
Reviewer
4 reviews 4 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2014

A trip to this small Island is a real must for any visit to Olhao, it's full of fisherman it smells of fish and the fish restaurants serve really fresh dishes.. We go at least twice a year not only for the food but also for the relaxing atmosphere and vista of the mainland..

Was this review helpful? Yes
Olhao, Portugal
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2014

A little further than Armona Island Culatra is unique as it's an official fishing village with it´s own church and school. The residents are very friendly and ready to help. For those not used to the sun, factor 50+ is a must. Don´t get involved with the locals trying to outdrink them on beer these guys have a reputation :)... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes 1

Travelers who viewed Ilha da Culatra also viewed

Olhao, Faro District
Sao Bras de Alportel, Faro District
 
Olhao, Faro District
Faro, Faro District
 

Been to Ilha da Culatra? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Register now for free — and start getting automatic notification of new reviews, responding to traveler feedback, adding new photos to your listing and much more.

Manage your listing

Questions & Answers

Questions? Get answers from Ilha da Culatra staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do I have to buy a ticket for my infant?
  • How do I get there using public transportation?
  • Is there a restaurant or café onsite?