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

Weekly Ilha Deserta UV Index

UV Index scale

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Temperature Averages

Average Water Temp

Ilha Deserta tide times

Wed 23rd January

High 03:45am (3.63m)
Low 10:18am (0.52m)
High 04:12pm (3.35m)
Low 10:30pm (0.66m)

Thu 24th January

High 04:31am (3.57m)
Low 11:05am (0.58m)
High 04:59pm (3.26m)
Low 11:17pm (0.76m)

Fri 25th January

High 05:20am (3.44m)
Low 11:53am (0.71m)
High 05:49pm (3.12m)

Sat 26th January

Low 12:07am (0.90m)
High 06:10am (3.26m)
Low 12:44pm (0.88m)
High 06:42pm (2.96m)

Ilha Deserta sea state

Wed 23/01 »

  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
6:00 6ft 14s  °  ° 21mph
12:00 6ft 17s  °  ° 21mph
18:00 7ft 14s  °  ° 23mph
Tide times
Daylight
First light07:12
Sunrise07:39
Sunset17:46
Dark18:14

Thu 24/01 »

  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
6:00 7ft 13s  °  ° 20mph
12:00 6ft 12s  °  ° 16mph
18:00 5ft 13s  °  ° 13mph
Tide times
Daylight
First light07:11
Sunrise07:39
Sunset17:48
Dark18:15

Fri 25/01 »

  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
6:00 4ft 11s  °  ° 13mph
12:00 4ft 13s  °  ° 12mph
18:00 4ft 14s  °  ° 8mph
Tide times
Daylight
First light07:11
Sunrise07:38
Sunset17:49
Dark18:16

Sat 26/01 »

  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
6:00 3ft 15s  °  ° 12mph
12:00 4ft 14s  °  ° 13mph
18:00 3ft 13s  °  ° 7mph
Tide times
Daylight
First light07:10
Sunrise07:38
Sunset17:50
Dark18:17

Sun 27/01 »

  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
6:00 3ft 15s  °  ° 10mph
12:00 4ft 14s  °  ° 11mph
18:00 4ft 14s  °  ° 14mph
Tide times
Daylight
First light07:09
Sunrise07:37
Sunset17:51
Dark18:18

Mon 28/01 »

  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
6:00 4ft 13s  °  ° 15mph
12:00 4ft 12s  °  ° 14mph
18:00 3ft 12s  °  ° 12mph
Tide times
Daylight
First light07:09
Sunrise07:36
Sunset17:52
Dark18:19

Today's weather

Clear sky

16 °C
(60 °F)

Moderate breeze, 23 km/h from WNW

Sea temperature

16.7°C / 62°F

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