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Deserta is also known as Barreta, Deserted Island or Santa Maria Cape Island. Is one of the more isolated islands of Algarve....
Deserta is also known as Barreta, Deserted Island or Santa Maria Cape Island. Is one of the more isolated islands of Algarve. In this island is located the southernmost point of continental Portugal.Who would think that one of Portugal’s most pristine beaches would be just at the foot of one of the country’s busiest communities? Ilha Deserta (Deserted Island), in the Algarve near the city of Faro, is a welcome respite from other crowded, popular beaches across the region. And, the adventure to reach it enhances the uniqueness of this must-visit beach. Ilha Deserta is just as its name suggests. It is an uninhabited island in the Ria Formosa Natural Park with crystal waters and a white sandy beach that rolls for miles. It’s practically unexploited nature makes it one of the most pristine beaches in the Algarve.Though quiet and tranquil, this beautiful beach still provides its users with sunshades, sun chairs and a few environmental friendly boats to rent. Its Blue Flag distinction (awarded by the European community) signifies this particular beach has excellent clear water and beach quality.Getting ThereTo get there, it is necessary to find water transportation. A public ferry departs every day from Porta Nova Pier in Faro.