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Portas do Mar Quay (Duration: half day) Departure: Portas do Mar Quay (1) Departing from Portas do Mar quay, located at Comandante Manuel Francisco street, pay a visit to some of the islands that enclose the Ria Formosa: Culatra, Deserta or Faro Island all of them Blue Flag Certified (Quality Beach Award).Here you'll find boat transportation services and river tours to the Ria and islands. This quay recently underwent some renovation works being one of the most sought after places by tourists playing an important role as a place for shell fishermen mooring and shellfish nurseries.

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Portas do Mar Quay GPS coordinates: 37 ° 0 '44.55'' N / 7 ° 56' 8.99'' 0

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Faro Island If you decide to take a tour at Faro Island (2) you'll find plenty of accommodation and restaurants in the only island accessible by land. The beach, in addition to having the Blue Flag Award is also classified as Accessible Beach. In the island's Far East, near Barra de São Luís, you can enjoy a wild beach of unusual beauty called Barrinha beach whose pedestrian access is made by a wooden walkway. Faro island is also a place with good conditions for practicing nautical sports hence the important role played by the Nautical Center (3) in the formative and recreational spirit of those in search of nautical and sportive activities. Faro Beach GPS coordinates: 37 ° 0 '29.55'' N / 7 ° 59' 40.94'' 0

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Farol Island You can enjoy a boat tour to Farol Island (Lighthouse) (4), taking about 30/40 minutes. From the lighthouse, which gives the island its name, and by appointment only, you can enjoy the view over the Ria Formosa, Faro and Olhão. The island is a much sought destination during the bathing season for the quality of its beach, local gastronomy and environmental surroundings. Farol Island GPS coordinates: 36 ° 58 '38.49'' N / 7 ° 51' 57.82'' 0

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Culatra Island Alternatively, visit Culatra Island (5) where you can find one of the Ria Formosa's several settlements with many local fishermen dwellings. The beach access is made ​by a wooden walkway that runs throughout the urban area from the quay. The wide sandy beach invites to long walks and observing the sand dunes flora and fauna. These quiet warm waters attract visitors throughout the summer. During the First World War, a Naval Aviation Center was built on the island and it is still possible to observe its remnants. Culatra Island GPS coordinates: 36 ° 59 '46.26'' N / 7 ° 50' 33.65'' 0

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Deserta Island You may also choose to visit the Deserta Island (6) enjoying its silence and quietness. The dune chord keeps its original vegetation and fauna preserved, especially birds: Sandpipers, Sandwich Terns, Common Terns, or Chiretas. From the Deserta quay is possible to make a nature trail on a wooden walkway. Deserta Island GPS coordinates: 36 ° 57 '56.97'' N / 7 º 52' 16:37'' 0

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