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Faro: Deserta Island and Farol Island Catamaran Boat Trip

1. Faro: Deserta Island and Farol Island Catamaran Boat Trip

When you’re in Portugal make sure to experience this exciting catamaran boat to Deserta and Farol islands that will take you through the spectacular nature of the Ria Formosa. Come see why this region was elected one of the 7 Natural Wonders of Portugal. Depart from the Marina of Faro sailing slowly through the channels of the Ria Formosa to fully enjoy the beautiful landscape. Along the tour you will see birds like the Grey Heron, the White Stork and many other birds that use this area as a feeding habitat. As you approach the islands and beaches you see the lighthouse of Culatra Island where you make our first stop. Looking around, one can observe the hard work of the people in the oyster and clam farms. A closer look towards the coastline and you will notice the market of the city of Olhão - an important fishing town. And off toward the ocean you can glimpse one of the most important sea entrances of the Ria Formosa. The next stop is Farol Island. Here, you can enjoy a walk around the streets of this small but friendly community. When passing by the lighthouse, go on until the very end to admire an extensive beach of fine white sand washed by calm warm waters. Leave the Farol Island and make your second stop at Deserta Island. This island is also known as Barreta Island. Here lies the most southern point of Portugal - the Santa Maria Cape. In this second stop you can choose to explore the fauna and flora of the island by an easy walk or simply enjoy the sunshine and bathe in the clear waters of the beach.

Faro: Speed Boat Tour

2. Faro: Speed Boat Tour

Check in at the Faro Marina the skipper will tell you the details of your itinerary before departing. Strap on your life jackets and embark on your speed boat tour. Discover the beauty along the Ria Formosa Natural Park and make your way to a Desert Island, where you’ll have time to explore the desert beaches. After your time at the beach, continue to discover Ria Formosa’s wonders before heading back to the Faro Marina. Choose from a 1- or 2-hour shared tour, or upgrade your experience to a private 1-hour tour by selecting the relevant option when booking.

Food & Drink Tour Faro

3. Food & Drink Tour Faro

Discover the flavours of Faro on a fun Walking Food & Drink Tour. Enjoy local food, wines and beers, in places only the locals know about. Friendly and fun, this is a private guided tour where you get to sample a slice of life in Faro, while enjoying some locally produced wines and beers. We operate the guided tours every Saturday in Faro, with more days available during the summer months, tasting the good life in the Algarve's capital. Your local guide takes you to places that you might struggle to find on your own, where you can experience some of the city's great food and vibe. Please note this tour is not tailored for any specific diet. Also, it´s not recommended for pregnant travelers or children. We have a minimum of 4 guests for the tour. Please look out for my badge!

Faro: The Best of Faro Walking Tour

4. Faro: The Best of Faro Walking Tour

Enjoyed by all ages, this walking tour combines historical and contemporary points of interest whilst giving you a feel for Faro, its history, and its people. Discover Faro’s main attractions, and why the Moorish times were so important for the city. Explore the medieval walls of the Old City, a chapel of human bones, the marketplace, the municipal museum, and Alameda Garden. At the garden you will be free to feed the pigeons and peacocks, which roam the grounds freely. Following that, visit intricately tiled and gilded churches, as well as a museum where you can enter into a world of Portuguese legends. As a coastal town, it’s easy to indulge in the eternal joys of sunshine whilst there. Get ready to experience Portugal from a different perspective, with your local charismatic guide who will reveal interesting facts about this picturesque city.

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4.6 / 5

based on 458 reviews

It was a wonderful ride. Flavio the skipper was very pleasant, benevolent and his explanation of the Ria formosa was very enriching. The two islands are very different which makes the richness of diversity of the Ria. The deserted island is more for lounging on the sand and enjoying the view and the sun. And Farol is an island with pretty typical houses. The time of the 3h excursion is really perfect and the price is very correct. I recommend it to you.

Very pleasant and instructive tour. The conductor provided information on the fauna and other characteristics of the region. super recommend

I can absolutely recommend!!! Our guide, José, was more than friendly. He shared a lot of knowledge and was always humorous. gladly again :)

The activity was really something else! Thumbs up to the guide Fernando! I’d definitely recommend it!

Excellent experience visiting the islands. Great boat and excellent guide!