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 23/09 »

Surf report for Mon 23/09
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
7:00 6ft 18s  °  ° 10mph
13:00 5ft 17s  °  ° 7mph
19:00 5ft 16s  °  ° 17mph
Tide times
Low 5:02am (1.41m)
High 11:25am (2.81m)
Low 5:59pm (1.23m)
Daylight
First light06:54
Sunrise07:20
Sunset19:28
Dark19:53

Tue 24/09 »

Surf report for Tue 24/09
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
7:00 4ft 15s  °  ° 11mph
13:00 4ft 14s  °  ° 7mph
19:00 5ft 15s  °  ° 18mph
Tide times
High 12:06am (2.77m)
Low 6:23am (1.24m)
High 12:31pm (3.02m)
Low 7:06pm (1.01m)
Daylight
First light06:55
Sunrise07:20
Sunset19:26
Dark19:52

Wed 25/09 »

Surf report for Wed 25/09
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
4:00 6ft 14s  °  ° 12mph
13:00 6ft 13s  °  ° 9mph
Tide times
High 1:05am (2.99m)
Low 7:24am (1.01m)
High 1:26pm (3.26m)
Low 7:59pm (0.78m)
Daylight
First light06:55
Sunrise07:21
Sunset19:24
Dark19:50

Thu 26/09 »

Surf report for Thu 26/09
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
16:00 4ft 11s  °  ° 10mph
Tide times
High 1:54am (3.22m)
Low 8:15am (0.79m)
High 2:14pm (3.48m)
Low 8:45pm (0.59m)
Daylight
First light06:56
Sunrise07:22
Sunset19:23
Dark19:49

Fri 27/09 »

Surf report for Fri 27/09
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
13:00 4ft 12s  °  ° 7mph
Tide times
High 2:40am (3.40m)
Low 9:00am (0.61m)
High 2:59pm (3.62m)
Low 9:28pm (0.47m)
Daylight
First light06:57
Sunrise07:23
Sunset19:21
Dark19:47

Sat 28/09 »

Surf report for Sat 28/09
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
7:00 5ft 13s  °  ° 9mph
19:00 4ft 12s  °  ° 13mph
Tide times
High 3:23am (3.52m)
Low 9:44am (0.51m)
High 3:42pm (3.68m)
Low 10:11pm (0.43m)
Daylight
First light06:58
Sunrise07:24
Sunset19:20
Dark19:46

Today's weather

Partly cloudy

23 °C
(73 °F)

Gentle breeze, 15.1 km/h from SW

Sea temperature

20.3°C / 68.5°F

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