Barreta Island

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  • Boat trip from Faro to Ilha Deserta by Ferry

    1. Boat trip from Faro to Ilha Deserta by Ferry

    Discover a hidden paradise of the Algarve on a catamaran cruise from Faro. Climb aboard to journey through the channels of the Ria Formosa Natural Park on a 45-minute trip to see seabirds and native plants. Then, dock at Ilha Deserta (also known as Barreta Island and Santa Maria Cape Island). Only accessible by boat, the island remains unspoiled and it’s hard to believe such a natural jewel still exists in Europe. Go to a unique beach at the southernmost point of Portugal and sample the traditional flavors of the Algarve at the environmentally-friendly Estaminé Restaurant. Opt to stay on the island for a few hours or the entire day, and return to Faro whenever you want. Avail of a number of return crossings for your convenience.

    Brilliant day out. The island is beautiful. Food and drink or reasonably priced. Staff on the boat were incredibly helpful and friendly.

  • From Faro: Ria Formosa Hop-On Hop-Off Island Tour

    2. From Faro: Ria Formosa Hop-On Hop-Off Island Tour

    Discover 3 of Ria Formosa's barrier islands and admire the wonderful world of the fauna and flora of this part of the Algarve coast. Travel by hop-on hop-off boat and enjoy the flexibility to choose the time you want to spend at each of the islands. A professional team of boat skippers will be here to guide you and provide all the necessary information ensuring you'll have a pleasant and enjoyable stay. With regular departures scheduled from the pier in Faro, aboard a speedboat or ferry boat heading in direction of Desert Island which will be your first stop. Spend the day exploring the only uninhabited island and enjoy the tranquility of this peaceful place. Relax on the beach, observe the wildlife or take a walking tour to Cape Saint Mary. Swim in the ocean’s clear waters, sunbathe or enjoy a memorable meal at Estaminé during your visit to Desert Island. Next, visit Farol Island and ...

  • Faro: Barreta Island Morning Tour

    3. Faro: Barreta Island Morning Tour

    Spend the morning exploring the desert island of Barreta. Experience the island's local flora and fauna as it wakes up to the day. Enjoy a tour with a local guide and get to know the island beyond its visual beauty. Enjoy a boat ride and arrive on Barreta Island. As you walk around the island have the chance to see different specifies of birds, unique wild vegetation, and rare or rather unexpected visits from animals like foxes, crabs, or butterflies. See how the untouched island is preserved and loved by the local people of Faro.

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What people are saying about Barreta Island

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 224 reviews

The hop on hop off tour was very nice. We started with the ferry. It was more pleasant than with the speed boat. In March it is still a bit fresh in the morning. The islands are very beautiful. You can also eat very well on Deserta. The speedboat then went on. Farol is a ghost town at this time. But it was very nice in the culatra

It is a very quiet route from Faro to Ilha Deserta, the island is very relaxing even if there is not much to see. Employees are super attentive to covid regulations, I liked it. It's 45 minutes there and 45 minutes back.

The boats can go really fast and it's a lot of fun. Also not so many people on one boat. The islands are really nice and you're pretty flexible with the hop-on-hop-off ticket

Highly recommended, so you decide how long you stay on an island.

Very kind people, me and my friends enjoyed the trip !