absolutely no one to disturb you. That
would be Barreta Island (Ilha de Barreta in Portuguese)! It is the uninhabited and most secluded Island in the whole of Algarve. Hence the island is also known as Deserted Island (Ilha Deserta). This
piece of information was satisfactory enough to convince us to visit the
island. And we weren’t disappointed! The space and openness we encountered were very natural and primitive.
Island is located on the most secluded part of Ria Formosa Natural Park, a protected natural reserve in the Algarve coastline. The island can be reached only through a ferry service. The island is also home to only one restaurant Estamine Restaurante that is known to serve best sea food. Also, the
southernmost point of continental Portugal is located within this island –
Cabo de Santa Maria (Cape of St.Mary).
walk along the 10km long beach and stand at the southern most point of
Portugal, do fishing, collect shells, read your favourite novel, picnic with family, enjoy the sunset and watch the myriad of birds that flock here. That’s plenty of things to
do considering the size of this island, isn’t it?
assured, this beach island will be the most memorable and highlight of your
are direct ferry services from Faro which takes about 35 minutes, and costs
roughly 10 Euros with return.
|The lighthouse in Barreta island as we were approaching in the water taxi|
|Fisherman’s Shelter. During summer, you also get sunshades can be rented here|
|Estamine Restaurante and the backdrop of deserted island|
Shells and starfish in abundance
|Be sure to carry a good binocular to enjoy bird watching|
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