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Ilha da Culatra Beach

Located on a small island that separates Rio Formosa Natural Park from the sea, this undeveloped beach offers calm, clean waters and few crowds. 

Find Ilha da Culatra Beach on a traffic-free island only accessible by ferry. Enjoy the back-to-nature vibe of this scenic beach, which is unspoiled by development and construction. 

As part of the Rio Formosa Natural Park, Ilha da Culatra Beach has been wonderfully preserved in its natural state with no high-rise hotels or unsightly buildings marring the site. Visit sandy beaches bordering much of the ocean-facing edge of the island. 

Find a spot on the beach and enjoy the quiet and solitude. Soak up the sun’s rays and listen to the calming sound of the waves washing in. Because the island is car-free, you won’t be able to hear the sounds of traffic and roaring engines. If it becomes too hot, cool off with a quick dip in the Atlantic waters. 

If, after a few hours out in the sun, you feel you need to stretch out your legs, take a barefoot stroll across the sands and take in the ocean views. A wooden walkway extends along the coast, connecting the two main beach areas near Ilha da Culatra and Ilha do Farol. As you amble along, look for the lighthouse near Farol, one of the few landmarks on this mostly undeveloped island. 

Reach Ilha da Culatra by taking a ferry from Olhão. Ferries depart regularly during summer; in winter, departures are less frequent. Journey times to Culatra take approximately 30 minutes. The beach attracts more visitors in the summer, so go outside the busiest months of July and August to experience it at its quietest.

There are no paved roads on the island so make your way to the beach on foot via the wooden paths instead. While there are several eating and drinking facilities on the island, with a decent selection to be found in the villages of Culatra and Farol, it is a good idea to bring your own food and drink for a scenic picnic by the sea.


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    5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    This family-friendly Olhao hotel is located near the beach, within 1 mi (2 km) of Olhao Municipal Market and Ria Formosa Natural Park. Olhao Harbour and Ilha da Armona Beach are also within 3 miles (5 km).

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    Real Marina Residence

    Avenida 5 de Outubro 2, Olhao
       
      5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in the heart of Olhao, this luxury hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Olhao Municipal Market and Ria Formosa Natural Park. Olhao Harbour and Ilha da Armona Beach are also within 3 miles (5 km).

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      Pension Bicuar

      Rua Vasco Da Gama, 5, Olhao
         
        3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in the heart of Olhao, this pension is steps away from Olhao Municipal Market and Ria Formosa Natural Park. Olhao Harbour and Ilha da Armona Beach are also within 3 miles (5 km).

        Apartamentos Sol e Ria
        Apartamentos Sol e Ria

        Apartamentos Sol e Ria

        Rua Alexandre Herculano, 16, Olhao
           
          4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Situated on the riverwalk, this apartment building is steps away from Olhao Municipal Market and Ria Formosa Natural Park. Olhao Harbour and Ilha da Armona Beach are also within 3 miles (5 km).

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          Fisherman's House

          Tv. Caldeira do Moínho, Olhao, Faro
             
            3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Situated in Olhao, this apartment building is steps away from Olhao Municipal Market and Ria Formosa Natural Park. Olhao Harbour and Ilha da Armona Beach are also within 3 miles (5 km).

            Casa do Gaibeu by MarsAlgarve
            Casa do Gaibeu by MarsAlgarve

            Casa do Gaibeu by MarsAlgarve

               
              3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Situated in Olhao, this apartment building is steps away from Olhao Municipal Market and Ria Formosa Natural Park. Olhao Harbour and Ilha da Armona Beach are also within 3 miles (5 km).

              Casa do Carolas by MarsAlgarve
              Casa do Carolas by MarsAlgarve

              Casa do Carolas by MarsAlgarve

                 
                3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Situated in Olhao, this villa is steps away from Olhao Municipal Market and Ria Formosa Natural Park. Olhao Harbour and Ilha da Armona Beach are also within 3 miles (5 km).

                Alojamento Bela Vista
                Alojamento Bela Vista

                Alojamento Bela Vista

                Rua Teófilo Braga, 65, Olhao
                   
                  3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Situated in Olhao, this guesthouse is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Ria Formosa Natural Park and 1.2 mi (2 km) from Olhao Harbour. Ilha da Culatra Beach and Hospital Faro are also within 9 mi (15 km).