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Ilha Deserta, Faro
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Composed of three islets of volcanic origin, Ilha Deserta sit just off the coast of Morocco, roughly between the Madeira and Canary islands. Classified as a nature preserve since the 1990s, these islands shelter both rare and native species. The archipelago's major attraction remains its population of about two dozen monk seals, widely regarded as the rarest seals in the world. Due to the islands' barren soil and arid climate, the only other wildlife surviving here consists of about 15 species of birds and a scarce population of feral goats, rabbits, and rodents. The easiest access to the islands is by guided boat tour, which you can join in the port city of Faro. Put Ilha Deserta on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our Faro holiday planner.
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  • Excellent choice on Faro, starting the journey by boat, the Ria Formosa. Coming to the island a beautiful hike to admire the scenery, the birds, the beautiful nature that only the estuary of the Ria Formosa. In addition, the beaches are beautiful.
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  • Took a boat trip from outside the hotel Eva. The boat trip took us around the lagoons to see wildlife and birds and then stopped of on the deserted island for a half an hour or so. The island is so pe...  more »
  • This beautiful island offers beautiful landscapes, but I won't spend the day. One restaurant on the island. There are other islands that are much nicer.
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