If you’re dreaming of quiet beaches, clear water and nice weather; check out Deserta Island in Portugal


Located in the Algarve region, Deserta Island is just one of the    many islands at the southernmost part of Portugal. They are  known for breathtaking cliffs, sandy beaches and clear, shallow   waters.

To reach this striking destination, you can fly to the Faro    airport. Being the biggest major city of this area, you will find many exciting attractions and great night life.

Getting there

However, if the city isn’t for you, rent a car from the airport and head towards these islands. To get there, you’ll need to drive to the marina where you can hire a private boat, or go on a guided tour. A smooth 35 minute ride brings you to the island which is part of the Ria Formosa National Park. You also have the option of touring the other nearby islands as well. Keep an eye out for the many local bird species.


If tranquillity is what you’re after, look no further. There are 11 kilometers of beach for you to explore. You will find flamingos and sea birds along the wetlands, and plenty of sand to lie back on while indulging in some well-deserved privacy. The warm sands compliment the safe and shallow waters if you are interesting in a dip.

When you’re ready to eat, the island’s only main building is a restaurant that features fresh sea food. It has a great view of the calm waters surrounding the island.

For those looking for a more interactive experience, take a nature tour with an experienced guide. They can offer amazing information about the local history, flora and wild life. A lovely boardwalk allows for easier travel while looking for the hidden treasures of Deserta Island.


Although more crowded from July to August, temperatures all year long are very comfortable. Winters range from 7-18C, and summers in the mid 20-35C range. Late spring, and early fall are great times to visit, with a very low chance of rain.


Receiving great reviews, travelers seem very pleased with their visits. Here are some highlights.

Nice place to visit, lay down in the sand and just relax for a while. Being just 35 minutes away with a ferry from Faro definitely worth a short trip..”

“Excellent commentary on the boat trip out, the guide was very knowledgeable about the wildlife. The island was beautiful!”

“Ria Formosa is a pearl to be discovered. This trip was beautiful. The guide gave us a lot of information, the staffs are very friendly and the boat, a blue catamaran, painted like a zebra is very funny and comfortable.”

Altogether this is a great location for those looking to feel the fresh sea air on their skin, and warm sand between their toes. Embrace the peace and quiet, and let stress go. This destination has lots to offer every type of traveller, and is just one of the many hidden gems found in the Ria Formosa.

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