From Olhão: Ria Formosa 3-Island Full-Day Tour

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Explore three islands by boat on this cruise from Olhão to Farol, Culatra, and Armona or the desert beach . Experience the beautiful and deserted beaches on the islands and discover Culatra village.


  • Swim at pristine and white-sand beaches on Culatra Island or enjoy a picnic
  • Learn about the local region from your tour guides , about local traditions
  • See clams, oysters and other biodiversity , sandbanks and nature in a low tide
  • Walk around the beautiful Lighthouse Island and see local houses
  • Do a nice walk by the amazing Armona Island or swim in a deserted beach- summer


Explore three islands by boat on this cruise from Olhão to Farol, Culatra and Armona Islands or the deserted beach. Experience the beautiful, deserted beaches of the islands and discover the Culatra island. Travel in small groups of 11 people. Your guide will explain the Ria Formosa and the islands to you throughout the tour and help with anything you need. Set off with your captain and tour guide on an incredible three-island tour. First, make a stop at Ilha do Farol of 45 minutes until 1 hour , where you can visit the village, have a refreshing drink, go to the beach and stroll through the neighborhoods of beautiful houses. In Farol, there are several establishments open during the summer. Continue with a visit to Culatra Island for a few hours and enjoy a picnic or visit one of the local restaurants. Culatra Island also has a beautiful beach , if you prefer to enjoy the sea instead of eating on site. Stop on the island for 2 hours to have lunch and explore the village. Around 1000 people live on this fishing island throughout the year, where fishing has been the predominant business on the island for many generations. There are 2 schools, 1 church, 1 football team, several restaurants, cafes and souvenir and craft shops. There is a bakery with its own production that makes delicious cakes that leave our customers surprised by the authentic taste of the cakes. If you want to go to the beach we recommend taking a picnic or you can have a delicious meal on Culatra Island (in summer it's best to make a reservation) Then head to Ilha da Armona or the deserted beach, depending on the season. In summer, you can enjoy the deserted beach , with its beautiful natural landscape, free from buildings , where we will stay for 1 hour .  This is one of the most beautiful beaches in the Algarve. It is a beach only accessible by boat, so it is always more deserted than the beaches on the islands. In this paradisiacal place, the white sand and crystal clear water make this beach one of the most desired in the entire Algarve and the best stop on this tour. Enjoy the tranquility of the environment. If it's too windy, cold or it's winter, we swap the deserted beach for the magnificent Armona Island! The beautiful Armona Island is inhabited year-round by locals and tourists and it is spectacular for a beautiful walk to the coast admiring the flowers and gardens of the houses on the islands, where many of them are available for rent during the holidays. If we don't stop at the deserted beach, we will stop at Armona Island for 1h00 A combination of several experiences, you will discover magnificent beaches with white sand and crystal clear water, islands and communities, admire the nature of the Ria Formosa and its fauna and flora, the gastronomy and special dishes of the Island and the region. You will learn more about fishing techniques, customs and traditions, a super complete tour to learn a lot about the region and enjoy a wonderful boat trip.


Cruise Tour guide First aid kit Water Life jacket Local orientation map Map of the birds of Ria Formosa

Important Information

  • The tour requires reasonable weather for the trip to take place During the stipulated stopped, all people are free to carry out any activities desired Choose from either a shared or private guided experience You can pack your own lunch, or dine at a local restaurant

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