Armona Island
Armona Island
4.5
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AnnLeeJO
Faro, Portugal10 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Family
I have the pleasure of visiting Armona Island in the Algarve region of Portugal frequently, and the experience always leaves me enchanted. This hidden gem, situated to the south of mainland Portugal, offers a unique and tranquil escape that captivates the heart.

Armona Island is part of the Ria Formosa Natural Park, and its pristine beaches and untouched landscapes are a testament to the area's natural beauty. The island is a serene stretch of golden sand, complemented by the crystal-clear waters of the Atlantic Ocean. The gentle lull of the waves and the absence of noisy crowds (except for July and August) create an idyllic setting for relaxation and contemplation.

One of the island's distinctive features is its accessibility. Accessible only by boat, Armona Island remains free from the hustle and bustle of mainland life. The absence of cars and the slow pace of life on the island contribute to a sense of tranquility that is hard to find elsewhere.

As you explore the island, you'll discover charming sceneries, where the boats bob gently in the water. The local restaurants offer fresh catches that tantalize the taste buds. I highly recommend trying the local specialities for an authentic taste of the Algarve.

For nature enthusiasts, Armona Island is a paradise. The Ria Formosa lagoon surrounding the island is home to diverse bird species, making it a haven for birdwatchers. Walking trails meander through the dunes and along the coastline, providing breathtaking views of the surrounding landscape.

Accommodation options on Armona Island are very limited, you can either rent a cottage, or a bungalow at the Orbitur campsite, allowing visitors to immerse themselves in the island's unique atmosphere. The hospitality of the locals enhances the overall experience, making you feel like a welcomed guest in this close-knit community.

In conclusion, Armona Island is a haven for those seeking a peaceful retreat amidst nature's beauty. Whether you're a sun-seeker, nature enthusiast, or simply looking to escape the hustle of everyday life, Armona Island offers a serene and authentic Algarve experience.

The island always leaves me a sense of rejuvenation and a promise to return to this enchanting paradise...

Note: All photos taken at winter time.
Written February 8, 2024
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girlscouse60
Chipping Ongar, UK408 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022 • Couples
We've been visiting this island for many years and I never fails to disappint. From the moment you step off the ferry you feel like your in the Caribbean. A leisurely walk to the beach is simply stunning, it can take a good 40 minutes to reach the beach so take this into account when planning your return ferry.

There is a lovely chill out bar on the beach which is so relaxing. The beach is beautiful and clean. If you walk to the left you will find yourself a nice spot if you don't want to pay for sunbeds.

A lovely day out highly recommended 👌
Written October 19, 2022
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Parisintherain
Epsom, UK70 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2022
Stunning little community with gorgeous sandy beaches. The walk from the ferry to the main beach (straight on through the town) was longer than expected, which isn’t too much of a problem getting there.. but make sure to leave enough time to get back for your ferry. Options for buying supplies are a little limited and once on the beach we found we had to walk back over 1km to the shop in the centre of town for water/beer/snacks.. so get what you need on the way there.
Written October 1, 2022
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buzpops123
Exeter, UK418 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2022 • Family
We caught a boat over to Olhao, only a couple of euros per person. The sand was white, it’s such a lovely little island. Looks like where a lot of locals go for a holiday. Great experience with little beach cafes and bars. Beware of the strong curent in the sea
Written September 7, 2022
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Mike Goldberg
Lisbon, Portugal19 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022
I'm not a beech person but this place is spectacular. A great place to visit and swim in the Atlantic Ocean. Once you have been in this side the US side of the Atlantic is not nearly as nice as you once thought. Good surf, incredible beech that goes the full length of the island in gorgeous soft white sand.
Written October 26, 2022
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wnariz
London15 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Friends
Short ferry or water taxi ride to a huge, really special sandy beach. Backing onto dunes and a nature reserve it’s much emptier and more chilled than others nearby. Highly recommended.
Written August 6, 2023
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Stefan K
4 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020 • Couples
Went to this island using the local walk on ferry - Eur3.70 return. Trip only takes about 15minutes. Plenty of beaches within easy reach of the landing stage. Cafes & restaurants all around.
Written October 19, 2020
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brianlmerritt
London, UK39 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2015 • Family
Armona is a small island with no cars in the heart of the Portuguese Algarve. We first found the island for a multi-family get together because my children were young and not safe near roads/cars.

The island has several centres of "attraction":

The waterfront/ferry terminal is where you arrive, and has four restaurants, a few bars, and a shop. The beach starts at the ferry terminal, with an enclosed swimming area to the left and more beach to the right. The restaurants serve great Portuguese/European cuisine and some of them also serve pizza and toasties.

From the ferry terminal, it is a 20 minute walk to the far Atlantic beach. There you will find miles of unspoilt beach, a restaurant (just a few minutes before the beach), and a fun bar right on the beach. There are lifeguards and sun beds and umbrellas to rent - essential in the summer for the young children, so they can play while you work on your tan.

The adventurous can walk in early morning east along the Atlantic beach to the Fuseta end, but bring water and a bit of cash. There is a small restaurant in summer, and a ferry boat that goes to Fuseta on the mainland where you can get a taxi or bus back to Olhao and catch the ferry back to Armona

We stayed in the middle of Armona, as there are several larger houses (4 bedrooms) to rent, which is great for multi-family get-togethers (we had 4 adults and 3 children, and plenty of room). It also means you are equal distance to all of the attractions, plus of course there are beaches and a small lake/pond right on your doorstep. There is a better shop there, and a lovely cafe/restaurant too, plus a children's playground.

Armona Essentials: Bring cash (no machines on the island). Bring good sunblock for children. Don't bring lots of clothes (unless it's winter when you visit). Eat in the restaurants (each one is good but in different ways). Spend at least one day where everyone just relaxes on the Atlantic Beach. Picnic. Go out at night to see all the stars (the air is very clear here compared to the rest of Europe)
Written November 29, 2015
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Curlysoo
Birmingham, UK10 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2018 • Couples
It's a lovely day out . Get ferry from olhao. Easy access to boat both sides too . Lots of cafes/restaurants etc , and walk between the pretty little houses to get to a lovely long white sandy beach ..take your own brolly for shade though .
Written July 27, 2018
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Sam S
Manchester, UK8 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2014 • Family
We visited this island as a family (2 adults - 3 children) and it was bliss. Nothing particularly to do other than relax, walk, sunbathe and BBQ. It's a nod to the simple life. You can reach the island by ferry from Olhao where there are shops and a market. My children's enduring memory is seeing a local chap there with his family, catch and cook an octopus right off the beach. If peace and quiet is your thing then give Armona a go.
Written May 6, 2015
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