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Ilha Deserta, Faro
(4.4/5 based on 650+ reviews on the web)
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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  • The best beaches of Faro are in the Islands, the boats that take you are not expensive and is short the trip. The restaurant on the island is very good. Has wi-fi.
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  • I hesitate to say anything about this paradise island for fear that the secret gets out. It's not cheap to visit which is fine as the beaches are immaculate and the sea is pristine. We'll be back. 
  • An island like Ilha Deserta is unique in Algarve, Portugal. You must go there and spend a wonderful day. A deserted Beach and a great restaurant and a nature walk. What are you waiting for?