Ilha Deserta

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Ilha Deserta beach
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Ilha Barreta beach off Faro
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Ilha Deserta means deserted island and this small sandy isle just off the coast of Faro lives up to its name. At 7km (5 miles) long the island has plenty of beach for all of its zero permanent inhabitants. Even in the height of summer you would be unfortunate if you had to share your stretch of beach with more than a few others - not like the nearby beaches of the mainland Algarve.

Ilha Deserta (or Ilha da Barreta as it is sometimes known) is only reachable by a 30 minute ferry trip from Faro or Olhao. Once on the island there isn't much to do except soak up the sun and take a dip in the sea. Facilities are pretty minimal too with only one significant structure on the island. Luckily this is O Estamine Restaurant with its solar powered kitchen.

Given the secluded nature of the beaches on Ilha Deserta it is little surprise the beach is one of Portugal's seven or so official naturist beach. The nudist section of the beach is at the western end, around half an hours walk from the ferry landing at the opposite side.

The landward side of the Ilha Deserta faces into the waters of the Ria Formosa lagoon which are a haven for wildlife including a colony of flamingos.

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Ilha Deserta Weather Info

5 Day Ilha Deserta UV Index

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Ilha Deserta tide times & sea state

Mon 18/11 »

Surf report for Mon 18/11
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
6:00 6ft 14s  °  ° 20mph
12:00 5ft 13s  °  ° 15mph
18:00 4ft 13s  °  ° 14mph
Tide times
Low 12:39am (1.30m)
High 7:01am (2.88m)
Low 1:35pm (1.22m)
High 7:48pm (2.65m)
Daylight
First light06:45
Sunrise07:12
Sunset17:20
Dark17:48

Tue 19/11 »

Surf report for Tue 19/11
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
6:00 3ft 13s  °  ° 8mph
12:00 3ft 12s  °  ° 4mph
18:00 3ft 11s  °  ° 6mph
Tide times
Low 1:56am (1.36m)
High 8:19am (2.83m)
Low 2:56pm (1.22m)
High 9:10pm (2.68m)
Daylight
First light06:46
Sunrise07:13
Sunset17:19
Dark17:47

Wed 20/11 »

Surf report for Wed 20/11
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
6:00 7ft 20s  °  ° 15mph
12:00 9ft 20s  °  ° 9mph
18:00 9ft 19s  °  ° 11mph
Tide times
Low 3:22am (1.34m)
High 9:37am (2.89m)
Low 4:14pm (1.13m)
High 10:23pm (2.81m)
Daylight
First light06:47
Sunrise07:14
Sunset17:19
Dark17:47

Thu 21/11 »

Surf report for Thu 21/11
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
6:00 8ft 17s  °  ° 16mph
12:00 8ft 16s  °  ° 17mph
18:00 8ft 15s  °  ° 17mph
Tide times
Low 4:39am (1.21m)
High 10:46am (3.02m)
Low 5:20pm (0.98m)
High 11:23pm (2.99m)
Daylight
First light06:48
Sunrise07:15
Sunset17:18
Dark17:46

Fri 22/11 »

Surf report for Fri 22/11
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
6:00 6ft 13s  °  ° 12mph
12:00 6ft 12s  °  ° 22mph
18:00 7ft 10s  °  ° 20mph
Tide times
Low 5:43am (1.04m)
High 11:43am (3.17m)
Low 6:14pm (0.83m)
Daylight
First light06:48
Sunrise07:16
Sunset17:18
Dark17:46

Sat 23/11 »

Surf report for Sat 23/11
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
6:00 5ft 10s  °  ° 8mph
12:00 4ft 10s  °  ° 6mph
18:00 4ft 10s  °  ° 8mph
Tide times
High 12:14am (3.17m)
Low 6:37am (0.88m)
High 12:33pm (3.29m)
Low 7:03pm (0.72m)
Daylight
First light06:49
Sunrise07:17
Sunset17:17
Dark17:45

Today's weather

Clear sky

13 °C
(55 °F)

Gentle breeze, 16.6 km/h from NW

Sea temperature

14.5°C / 58.1°F

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