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Ilha da Culatra

Olhao, Portugal
+351 912 345 678
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

The ferry from Olhao goes via the more commercial Farol first so it's. 45 min trip There is then a hike across the Island to the Atlantic beach. Simply stunning but you need provisions as there is no beach facility as such. Definitely worth the...More

Thank Nick_L45
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Nice trip from Olhau on the ferry, only 30 mins, and about a 15 min walk through the lovely little cottages to the beach. A beautiful unspoilt spot with not too many people and you can always find a quite spot. Would go back again....More

Thank Mikeyt101
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Ilha Culatra ...with ferry to the island is already so much fun. Walking towards beach..dunes so beautiful.. Authentic island !!

Thank Quinta A
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

A different place: separated from the mainland by the Ria Formosa, Culatra Island is only accessible by boat. A true fishermen's village with some great seafood restaurants and a great almost desert beach. If you're looking for a restaurant, go to Taska: great food with...More

Thank TiagoJGB
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Beach and sea were lovely however be aware that it is longer than 15 minutes from when you get off the boat and I am reasonably fit. Also there are no amenities on this beach except forawooden shed which has been converted to a toilet....More

Thank Simon D
Reviewed June 16, 2017 via mobile

Sometimes you only come once to a place and this is so worth that once. Not at the height of the season!

Thank thegreatescaper
Reviewed June 11, 2017

Dropped off for a few hours by the catamaran and we absolutely loved it. It is a long Island with beautiful golden sands and only inhabited by a few people. There are some fisherman houses and a couple of restaurants if you want to eat....More

Thank davidwilliambarnes
Reviewed June 2, 2017 via mobile

Probably the best priced, we walked around the marina, couldn't find better for €20ea. You get a 2 island stop, too.. Culatra is what you'd expect from a sun-baked fishing village. Plenty of food and drinks options without being commercialised. Good opportunities to explore the...More

Thank Alan H
Reviewed May 26, 2017 via mobile

Jump of the ferry on Culatra and you can enjoy a very nice natural beach side 15min walking distance from the very small town. There are a few shops, restaurants and a small local bakery with great pastry. You can walk along the beach side...More

Thank JLDB007
Reviewed May 25, 2017 via mobile

What a beautiful place. No traffic, beautiful beach and would recommend Rui a fantastic place to eat fabulous seafood. Would recommend the squid

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To whom it may concern .Please be advised. This may not be the correct platform however this site is established and well read.... This stand alone beautiful rare little group of sandy islands all its local Portuguese inhabitants and their homes are under threat from Portugal's Government in a bid to knock down homes to build huge tourists complexes Hotels etc, causing great irreparable loss to established marine life, migratory birds and wildlife and the islands eco systems. No wish to get involved in the politics of Portugal however this has been a sad journey so far for all concerned. This is an attraction to get away from it all, visit by ferry stay the day...enjoy a day in the sun and sand...its beautiful there....Consider other way's to utilise it's beauty and tourists gatherings....Yes it could do with some additional beach bars / cafes etc....many opportunities for many people. What an opportunity for Portugal's Leading Eco Tourism Industry. Improve the mainlands / Tavira / Olhao ferry crossings to ilha da Culatra and tourists accommodation in these towns and use the islands as day trips for snorkelling / scuba, Kite surfing, learn dingy sailing perhaps,? lots of activities available to consider to entertain tourists without disturbing or destruction to the the wildlife / marine life and maintain the islands appeal as islands to appreciate love and respect. What can we do to assist the locals in protecting their homes and jobs..? and preserve these glorious islands... Ria Formosa heroine Vanessa Morgado has appealed to people’s president Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa as the furore of the past week on Culatra island still resounds across the media. With respect these islands should remain an eco tourism centre I believe and many others believe this is the way forward for Algarve tourism projects to protect Ilha da Culatra, its marine wildlife, its migratory seabirds and present inhabitants as A Eco Tourism Island Group Centre. Locals have no wish to not turn these beautiful islands into a mini Benidorm resort..! Portugal can show the way forward in the massive increase and future in Eco Tourism. Kind Regards Kevin Clark
March 29, 2017|
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Response from Anna E | Reviewed this property |
I think it would ruin the island if it was built up. The charm of it is it's not over run by tourists and the locals are welcoming. I love seeing the local fisherman at work and just lazing at the quiet life.
August 29, 2016|
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Response from Neide C | Reviewed this property |
You can get a ferry boat from Faro near the mercado. Not expensive €2-€5.
August 18, 2016|
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Response from nikSomerford | Reviewed this property |
There isn't much on the island at all, Olhao has dozens of places to eat though