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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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  • Ex libris of our city. When seeking tranquility and hot water without having to measure the space to put a towel, this is the right place. Too bad they don't have more choice of restoration to be more moderate prices.
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  • In this time of year, it was nice to walk along the water, feet in the sand, and without tourists (or very little!) I would have stayed there longer :)
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  • The only way to get to this beach is via a boat. We visited this beach as part of our boat tour. There is a boardwalk (some parts damaged) about 30 ft from the sea. Much more fun leaving your footprin...  more »