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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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  • We arrived at the beautiful island with our bootstour. On the day we had very rough seas... .die waves were gigantisch...und the beste...ich could collect sea shells...
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  • Had a short visit to this island as part of a boat tour. It was a windy day, so did not get a chance to get as far as the restaurant. The beach is soft sand, but lots of rubbish has washed ashore. Goo...  more »
  • We went to Deserta as part of a guided boat trip. The island is special due to its Beach covered by beautiful shells. A multi-island boat trip is highly recommended around Ria Farmosa.  more »