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Our most recommended Faro Day Trips

  • Faro: Deserta Island and Farol Island Catamaran Boat Trip

    1. Faro: Deserta Island and Farol Island Catamaran Boat Trip

    When you’re in Portugal make sure to experience this exciting catamaran boat to Deserta and Farol islands that will take you through the spectacular nature of the Ria Formosa. Come see why this region was elected one of the 7 Natural Wonders of Portugal. Depart from the Marina of Faro sailing slowly through the channels of the Ria Formosa to fully enjoy the beautiful landscape. Along the tour you will see birds like the Grey Heron, the White Stork and many other birds that use this area as a feeding habitat. As you approach the islands and beaches you see the lighthouse of Culatra Island where you make our first stop. Looking around, one can observe the hard work of the people in the oyster and clam farms. A closer look towards the coastline and you will notice the market of the city of Olhão - an important fishing town. And off toward the ocean you can glimpse one of the most importan...

    This trip was the highlight of our holiday. Lovely and comfortable luxurious boat. Informative guide on the way to the islands. One hour stop at the lighthouse and a half hour stop of Deserta Island. Both stops were breathtakingly beautiful…you’d think you were in the Caribbean. Will definitely visit again. Easy to book and staff were most helpful. I wish I had booked a longer tour and it was out of this world.excellent value for money.

  • From Faro: 4 Islands, 4 Stops in Ria Formosa Catamaran Tour

    2. From Faro: 4 Islands, 4 Stops in Ria Formosa Catamaran Tour

    Enjoy a tour on a comfortable Catamaran, taking in the fauna and flora of the Natural Park of Ria Formosa. Cross the channels of the park and stop for 45 minutes at Deserta Island, where you will the opportunity to take a swim. Then, proceed to Farol Island where you will have another 45 minutes to discover its lighthouse and take photos. Sail to Hangares and see the culture of oysters and the military reserve. Lastly, arrive at Culatra Island where you will have 1.5 hours of free time to explore the traditional fishing village. You will also have the option to have lunch in a typical restaurant on Breech Island where the main course varies between fresh fish or seafood.

    The tour was perfect and we had a lovely time. The guide knew what he was talking about and was keen to share his knowledge. We had some free time in each island which was perfect to relax and take a dip if you wanted to!

  • From Faro: Ria Formosa Faro Islands Catamaran Tour

    3. From Faro: Ria Formosa Faro Islands Catamaran Tour

    Sail to the beautiful Ria Formosa Natural Park by catamaran, with regular departures scheduled from Faro. The journey follows the Ria Formosa channels, and includes stops at the magical islands of Farol and Deserta. Don't forget your swimsuits and towels - there will be plenty of breaks for swimming! The guide on board will provide information in Portuguese, English, French and Spanish. The modern catamaran has a capacity of up to 11 passengers and provides a pleasant and comfortable way of exploring the islands. The day is divided into 2 tours. The first tour will take place in the morning and last for approximately 3.5 hours, and the second tour will take place in the afternoon and last for approximately 3 hours. There will be a break after the first tour for lunch at Farol Island. Lunch is not included in the cost of the activity.

    Had an amazing time both on and off the boat - the guide definitely knew what he was doing, and we saw some beautiful scenery and wildlife on our way to the islands of the Ria Formosa. He hopped fluidly between English, German and French descriptions of animals for the guests on the boat which made everyone feel welcome. The islands themselves were amazing and the only thing I'd change was wanting to spend more time there! I would recommend this trip to anyone and it was one of the highlights of our stay in Portugal!

  • Algarve Coast: Dolphin Watching & Cave Tour

    4. Algarve Coast: Dolphin Watching & Cave Tour

    The Algarve coast brings to mind pirate adventures, and pristine beaches. Today you will explore the coast between Albufeira Marina and Capvoeiro beach on a luxury boat that offers you the chance to swim, relax, and maybe even see a dolphin or two! Begin with a relaxing ride through the caves and rock formations that make this landscape so unique. Then head out to sea in your search for the dolphins who call these waters home. Your boat is the perfect vessel for dolphin exploration, and these playful and fun animals are truly a sight to behold! Your expert guide will share with you interesting facts and history on this memorable trip.

    Thank you for your friendliness and kindness, very fun and interesting trip ! I enjoyed it a lot !

  • Faro: Guided Benagil Cave and Marinha Beach Tour

    5. Faro: Guided Benagil Cave and Marinha Beach Tour

    After gathering at the tour meeting point, your van will depart from Faro for the approximately hour-long journey after which you will arrive to Benagil Beach. It will be from this location, together with your instructor, that you will enter the cave. It will take between 5 and 10 minutes to enter the cave, after which you will have 40 minutes inside to enjoy its unique environment. You can choose to spend your time taking photos, swimming, and just generally relaxing. It will soon be time to head to Marinha Beach, which is considered the most beautiful beach in Portugal. At this location you will have an hour to discover the amazing cliffs and views, following which you will head back to Faro.

    It was an amazing experience, Andres was great fun and he took us some really beautiful spots. I would do it again in a heartbeat. ❤

  • Faro: Eco-Friendly Ria Formosa Bird Watching in Solar Boat

    6. Faro: Eco-Friendly Ria Formosa Bird Watching in Solar Boat

    Ria Formosa is a place of extreme nature, with an environment that is always different at every hour of the day. This is due largely to the fact that the sea level rises and falls about 3 meters every 6 hours. Whilst there, you will discover a complete self-regenerating ecosystem, which allows a part of the local population to develop fishing and shellfish production. This provides all of the ingredients for the varied diets of the migratory birds that continue returning to this area year after year. You may be able to watch the hunting of predatory birds, and will also be able to enter into a maze of canals where the only thing that you will hear is the sound of the birds calling and their interactions with one another. At the conclusion of your tour, you will return by boat to your tour's point of origin.

  • Vilamoura: Algarve Private Luxury Yacht Charter

    7. Vilamoura: Algarve Private Luxury Yacht Charter

    Climb aboard a luxury yacht, the São Lourenço II, and receive a glass of Champagne as you are welcomed aboard. The yacht is the perfect size for comfort and exploring, making it the best choice for chartering.  Begin a panoramic cruise along the Algarve coastline and admire the breathtaking views. The stunning yacht will take up to 10 passengers and has ample sunbathing areas. Get your adrenaline pumping by trying your hand at wakeboarding, waterskiing, or the wild ringo ride.  Tailor this champagne cruise to your needs. Choose your group size and preferred duration, whether 3 hours or a full day. The trip includes all drinks champagne, wine, beer, and soft drinks.

  • From Faro: Ria Formosa Islands Sunset Catamaran Cruise

    8. From Faro: Ria Formosa Islands Sunset Catamaran Cruise

    Sail to the beautiful Ria Formosa Natural Park by catamaran, and benefit from regular departures from Faro. Follow the channels of the Ria Formosa and explore the barrier islands that form the natural reserve. Experience a majestic sunset in a paradise location, and escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Take your seats aboard a vessel with space limited to a maximum of 11 people, and enjoy a small group experience to last a lifetime. Gaze across the tranquil lagoon as the sun dips across the horizon in radiant colors. Then, return to your original point of departure for the end of the tour services.

    If you have the opportunity to choose your guide, Ricardo is the man, he was super friendly with lots of information about the Ria Farmosa and is very welcoming!

  • Ria Formosa: Tour to Paradise Boat Tour

    9. Ria Formosa: Tour to Paradise Boat Tour

    Get back to nature in the barrier islands of Ria Formosa Natural Park and discover a unique lagoon system that constantly changes according to the movement of the winds. Experience the natural beauty of the Algarve away from the tourist resorts and marvel at the area's amazing biodiversity. See birds nests and learn about the mollusks and crustaceans that provide revenue for the local seafood producers. Climb aboard a boat in Olhão for a 4-hour trip to observe the flora and fauna of the barrier islands from the water.  Stop at one of the islands to take a relaxing stroll on the golden sands and see the typical fishing villages of the area. Get the chance to visit the market in Olhão before or after your boat trip, and marvel at the wide variety of fresh seafood on sale, including clams, oysters and more. Lunch on the islands can be arranged (not included in the tour price). Enjoy free ...

  • Historical Algarve Full-Day Tour

    10. Historical Algarve Full-Day Tour

    Depart Faro and journey towards the rolling mountains of the Serra de Monchique, and ascend to Fóia at the highest point of the Algarve. Get panoramic views of the surrounding landscape and take some spectacular photos. Then, enjoy the possibility of tasting a local liquor before going down the mountain to stop for lunch (own expense). Next, journey to the beautiful town of Lagos to see where the first indoor slave market of Europe was located. Marvel at the extravagant Baroque decorations of the Church of St. Anthony (Igreja de Santo António), see the imposing 17th-century Lagos Fortress (Forte da Ponta da Bandeira) and admire the colorful buildings of the old town. Next, go to Cape St. Vincent (Cabo de São Vicente) to experience the southwestern-most point of Europe, known as the “End of the World.” Visit one of the most powerful lighthouses in Europe at the Lighthouse of Cabo de São...

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What people are saying about Faro

Overall rating

4.2 / 5

based on 740 reviews

Really great experience - Sandra and Ricardo were very communicative before the trip about the meeting point. Ricardo was friendly and knowledgable - he managed to spot lots of different birds in the wetlands, including the flamingos! The islands were beautiful too. Thanks so much for the lovely day trip!

It was very easy to book this nice tour. My girlfriend and I really enjoyed the trip. Our guide explained and showed us many things. We also had some time to explore the two islands next to Faro by our own. Thanks for the tour!

Great way to discover Ria Formosa and some of its islands. We spent a great afternoon with Nico who was very knowledgeable, funny and made sure we had a great time.

Thank you for your friendliness and kindness, very fun and interesting trip ! I enjoyed it a lot !

Amazing! Would recommend :) unique opportunity to visit Deserted Island and ilha do Farol.