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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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  • Divine place to spend the day relaxing and enjoying what the Algarve has to offer! There are boats to several hours in the summer, so the access is very easy and accessible.
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  • This was my favorite part of my recent visit to Faro. The island was beautiful and pristine, though it was sad to see how much trash there was on the beaches. All of the boat tours that go are pretty ...  more »
  • Location almost wild where you can walk around and rest without having people almost on top. Very clear even in the middle of August. Ideal for those with children and need to be on constant watch, do you get lost in the crowd. Price of the boat until there's a bit of a stretch.
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