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Faro Island Beach showing general coastal views and a sandy beach

Rent kayaks and surfboards to ride the waves lapping this narrow stretch of sand, which serves as a wall between ocean and river.

Faro Island Beach is one of the area’s most picturesque and popular sandy stretches. Cafés, restaurants and watersports operators sit along the strand, which lines 3 miles (5 kilometers) of a narrow sand bar. Enjoy the unobstructed views of the Atlantic Ocean on one side and the Formosa River on the other.

Most of the activity takes place in the central section of the beach. Stay at one of the small hotels and dine at the seafood restaurants here. Escape to the southern and northern ends of the beach to bask in tranquility and seclusion. Find a patch of sand to call your own for the day and lay down a towel for sunbathing or picnicking with your family.

Go swimming in the seawater, which is clean, clear and refreshing. In summer, lifeguards patrol popular parts of the beach. Bring buckets and shovels to let your kids build sand castles in front of the dunes that pockmark this peninsula.

Note that the waves at this beach are fairly strong and consistent, providing excellent surfing conditions. Rent boards and get lessons from the surfing school. You can also take out kayaks and stand-up paddleboards from the beach’s nautical center.

At the strand’s eastern limits lie the mudflats and saltwater lagoons of Ria Formosa Natural Park. Spot migratory birds and other aquatic creatures roaming this picturesque area. At low tide, fishermen and beachgoers often search the wet sands for shell fish.

Close to the city’s international airport, Faro Island Beach is a long and narrow barrier that stands between the Atlantic Ocean and the Formosa River. Regular buses to the airport also bring passengers here. To reach the beach on foot, walk southwest from the city for less than 1 hour, crossing the river via a bridge. Spend time at neighboring bays, such as Barrinha Beach, Quinta do Lago Beach and Ancão Beach.

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Hotel Aeromar
Hotel Aeromar
3 out of 5
Avenida Nascente, 1 - Praia De Faro, Faro
The price is £41 per night from 5 Nov to 5 Nov
Located in Praia de Faro, this beachfront hotel is in a national park, just steps away from Ria Formosa Natural Park and Faro Island Beach. Barrinha is 1.9 mi ...
3.8/5 Good! (210 reviews)
Great location. At beach and restaurants.
"My first visit to this hotel. Staff are very helpful, pleasant and efficient. There was a problem with the first room I was allocated. This was changed without any problem and with courtesy. Great snack bar and dinner in restaurant with live music. Maybe not suitable for anyone with mobility problems-.No ..."

Reviewed on 25 Jun 2021

Hotel Aeromar
Hotel Faro & Beach Club
Hotel Faro & Beach Club
4 out of 5
Praca D Francisco Gomes 2, Faro
The price is £68 per night from 1 Nov to 1 Nov
Located in Faro City Centre, this eco-friendly hotel is steps away from Misericordia Church and Faro Marina. Faro Old Town and Hermitage of Nossa Senhora de ...
4.2/5 Very Good! (985 reviews)
"Great location!"

Reviewed on 30 Jun 2021

Hotel Faro & Beach Club
Golden Beach Guesthouse
Golden Beach Guesthouse
3 out of 5
Avenida Nascente, Numero 2, Praia de Faro, Faro, Faro
The price is £80 per night from 8 Nov to 8 Nov
Nestled on the beach, this Praia de Faro guesthouse is just steps away from Ria Formosa Natural Park and Faro Island Beach. Barrinha is 1.9 mi (3 km) away.
4.7/5 Exceptional! (6 reviews)
"The location is IDEAL - the staff will go out of their way to accommodate you. I'll go back and would recommend it to family/friends!!!"

Reviewed on 22 Sep 2021

Golden Beach Guesthouse
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