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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Average Water Temp

Ilha Deserta tide times & sea state

Sun 19/05 »

Surf report for Sun 19/05
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
7:00 3ft 10s  °  ° 9mph
13:00 3ft 10s  °  ° 9mph
19:00 3ft 9s  °  ° 12mph
Tide times
High 4:05am (3.28m)
Low 10:29am (0.79m)
High 4:23pm (3.34m)
Low 10:55pm (0.78m)
Daylight
First light05:51
Sunrise06:20
Sunset20:35
Dark21:04

Mon 20/05 »

Surf report for Mon 20/05
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
7:00 3ft 10s  °  ° 11mph
13:00 3ft 11s  °  ° 9mph
19:00 4ft 8s  °  ° 20mph
Tide times
High 4:44am (3.16m)
Low 11:06am (0.91m)
High 5:01pm (3.25m)
Low 11:34pm (0.89m)
Daylight
First light05:50
Sunrise06:19
Sunset20:36
Dark21:05

Tue 21/05 »

Surf report for Tue 21/05
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
7:00 3ft 10s  °  ° 12mph
13:00 3ft 10s  °  ° 11mph
Tide times
High 5:24am (3.02m)
Low 11:43am (1.05m)
High 5:40pm (3.13m)
Daylight
First light05:49
Sunrise06:19
Sunset20:37
Dark21:06

Wed 22/05 »

Surf report for Wed 22/05
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
10:00 3ft 10s  °  ° 8mph
Tide times
Low 12:15am (1.01m)
High 6:06am (2.86m)
Low 12:23pm (1.20m)
High 6:22pm (2.98m)
Daylight
First light05:49
Sunrise06:18
Sunset20:37
Dark21:07

Thu 23/05 »

Surf report for Thu 23/05
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
10:00 3ft 9s  °  ° 10mph
19:00 5ft 14s  °  ° 16mph
Tide times
Low 1:00am (1.15m)
High 6:52am (2.70m)
Low 1:06pm (1.35m)
High 7:09pm (2.84m)
Daylight
First light05:48
Sunrise06:17
Sunset20:38
Dark21:08

Fri 24/05 »

Surf report for Fri 24/05
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
7:00 6ft 13s  °  ° 15mph
16:00 5ft 13s  °  ° 11mph
Tide times
Low 1:50am (1.28m)
High 7:46am (2.56m)
Low 1:57pm (1.47m)
High 8:05pm (2.71m)
Daylight
First light05:47
Sunrise06:17
Sunset20:39
Dark21:09

Today's weather

Fair

20 °C
(68 °F)

Gentle breeze, 12.6 km/h from W

Sea temperature

18.3°C / 65°F

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