The Beach Guide

Ilha Deserta Beach (Ilha da Barreta)

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.

Nearest city

Faro

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Ilha Deserta Beach Weather Info

Mon 27th
Partly cloudy 16°C / 61°F
Tue 28th
Partly cloudy 17°C / 63°F
Wed 29th
Cloudy 15°C / 59°F
Thu 30th
Cloudy 17°C / 63°F
Fri 31st
Partly cloudy 17°C / 63°F
Sat 01st
Fair 17°C / 63°F

5 Day Ilha Deserta Beach UV Index

UV Index scale

A UV Index reading of 3 or more means some precautions should be taken. For more information visit our guide to the UV Index.

Temperature Averages

Average Water Temp

Ilha Deserta Beach tide times & sea state

  • Mon 27/01 »
    Surf report for Mon 27/01
      Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
      Swell Wind
    6:00 3ft 13s  °  ° 6mph
    12:00 3ft 13s  °  ° 9mph
    18:00 4ft 12s  °  ° 9mph
    Tide times
    High 4:22am (3.22m)
    Low 10:56am (0.94m)
    High 4:43pm (2.95m)
    Low 10:57pm (1.06m)
    Daylight
    First light07:10
    Sunrise07:37
    Sunset17:50
    Dark18:18
  • Tue 28/01 »
    Surf report for Tue 28/01
      Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
      Swell Wind
    6:00 4ft 11s  °  ° 5mph
    12:00 5ft 14s  °  ° 5mph
    18:00 5ft 16s  °  ° 4mph
    Tide times
    High 4:58am (3.14m)
    Low 11:28am (1.03m)
    High 5:19pm (2.87m)
    Low 11:29pm (1.14m)
    Daylight
    First light07:09
    Sunrise07:37
    Sunset17:51
    Dark18:19
  • Wed 29/01 »
    Surf report for Wed 29/01
      Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
      Swell Wind
    6:00 5ft 15s  °  ° 3mph
    12:00 5ft 16s  °  ° 5mph
    18:00 5ft 16s  °  ° 6mph
    Tide times
    High 5:35am (3.04m)
    Low 12:02pm (1.14m)
    High 5:57pm (2.77m)
    Daylight
    First light07:09
    Sunrise07:36
    Sunset17:52
    Dark18:20
  • Thu 30/01 »
    Surf report for Thu 30/01
      Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
      Swell Wind
    6:00 5ft 13s  °  ° 5mph
    12:00 5ft 12s  °  ° 7mph
    18:00 5ft 11s  °  ° 4mph
    Tide times
    Low 12:04am (1.23m)
    High 6:16am (2.91m)
    Low 12:38pm (1.25m)
    High 6:40pm (2.68m)
    Daylight
    First light07:08
    Sunrise07:35
    Sunset17:53
    Dark18:21
  • Fri 31/01 »
    Surf report for Fri 31/01
      Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
      Swell Wind
    6:00 5ft 11s  °  ° 8mph
    12:00 5ft 10s  °  ° 11mph
    18:00 4ft 10s  °  ° 8mph
    Tide times
    Low 12:44am (1.32m)
    High 7:03am (2.77m)
    Low 1:20pm (1.36m)
    High 7:31pm (2.59m)
    Daylight
    First light07:07
    Sunrise07:35
    Sunset17:54
    Dark18:22
  • Sat 01/02 »
    Surf report for Sat 01/02
      Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
      Swell Wind
    6:00 3ft 10s  °  ° 7mph
    12:00 4ft 15s  °  ° 11mph
    18:00 4ft 16s  °  ° 8mph
    Tide times
    Low 1:34am (1.42m)
    High 8:00am (2.64m)
    Low 2:12pm (1.45m)
    High 8:35pm (2.55m)
    Daylight
    First light07:06
    Sunrise07:34
    Sunset17:55
    Dark18:23

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