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

Sat 23/03 »

Surf report for Sat 23/03
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
6:00 7ft 8s  °  ° 21mph
12:00 7ft 8s  °  ° 26mph
18:00 9ft 9s  °  ° 24mph
Tide times
High 3:51am (3.60m)
Low 10:19am (0.53m)
High 4:13pm (3.43m)
Low 10:35pm (0.63m)
Daylight
First light06:06
Sunrise06:32
Sunset18:44
Dark19:10

Sun 24/03 »

Surf report for Sun 24/03
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
6:00 8ft 9s  °  ° 22mph
12:00 7ft 9s  °  ° 20mph
18:00 7ft 9s  °  ° 16mph
Tide times
High 4:32am (3.45m)
Low 10:59am (0.69m)
High 4:53pm (3.29m)
Low 11:17pm (0.79m)
Daylight
First light06:05
Sunrise06:30
Sunset18:45
Dark19:11

Mon 25/03 »

Surf report for Mon 25/03
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
6:00 6ft 9s  °  ° 17mph
12:00 5ft 9s  °  ° 17mph
18:00 5ft 9s  °  ° 8mph
Tide times
High 5:14am (3.23m)
Low 11:39am (0.90m)
High 5:36pm (3.10m)
Daylight
First light06:03
Sunrise06:29
Sunset18:46
Dark19:12

Tue 26/03 »

Surf report for Tue 26/03
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
6:00 7ft 9s  °  ° 19mph
12:00 8ft 9s  °  ° 22mph
18:00 11ft 10s  °  ° 23mph
Tide times
Low 12:01am (0.99m)
High 5:59am (2.98m)
Low 12:22pm (1.13m)
High 6:21pm (2.90m)
Daylight
First light06:01
Sunrise06:27
Sunset18:47
Dark19:13

Wed 27/03 »

Surf report for Wed 27/03
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
6:00 15ft 11s  °  ° 36mph
12:00 12ft 10s  °  ° 29mph
18:00 9ft 9s  °  ° 23mph
Tide times
Low 12:50am (1.20m)
High 6:50am (2.73m)
Low 1:12pm (1.36m)
High 7:16pm (2.70m)
Daylight
First light06:00
Sunrise06:26
Sunset18:48
Dark19:14

Thu 28/03 »

Surf report for Thu 28/03
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
6:00 7ft 11s  °  ° 22mph
12:00 6ft 13s  °  ° 18mph
18:00 5ft 14s  °  ° 12mph
Tide times
Low 1:53am (1.39m)
High 7:56am (2.52m)
Low 2:19pm (1.54m)
High 8:29pm (2.56m)
Daylight
First light05:58
Sunrise06:24
Sunset18:49
Dark19:15

Today's weather

Clear sky

15 °C
(59 °F)

Gentle breeze, 13.7 km/h from ESE

Sea temperature

16.7°C / 62°F

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