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Ferry boat schedule to the islands in Faro

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One of the highlights of the city of Faro is the Ria Formosa.

With an area of about 18,400 hectares, it is protected to the status of Natural Park. And much of this area is located in the capital of the Algarve. To the south of the city of Faro, the Ria Formosa is bordered by a set of barrier islands: Culatra Island, Farol Island (Lighthouse Island), Desert Island (or Barreta) and Faro Island (also known as Faro Beach). Only the last one has land access.

The pathway to the Faro beach. | Photo: André Ries

During the year, boat tours are available to explore the beauties of this ecosystem.

Many tourists look for Algarve for birdwatching.

Algarve has many good spots for birdwatching. | Photo: Yuri Barreto
Boat traffic is intense at Ria Formosa. | Photo: André Ries

However, with the arrival of summer and the heat, ferry boats are available to take and bring passengers to/from the four islands. The departure is at the Commercial Pier – in the Marina of Faro – or at Pier of Portas do Mar – in front of the walls of the Old Town. The companies provide the regular service from mid-May.

All the islands are beautiful and each one has its own particularity. Therefore, any choice is a guarantee of a good trip.

Check the boat schedule to Faro beach, Lighthouse Island and Culatra Island here. Timetable to the Desert Island, click here.

I recommend that you buy the tickets in advance because the seats are limited and you might have to wait some time for the next boat.

Below, you can purchase it without leaving your house.

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