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Ilha Deserta, Faro

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Island
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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  • Take a ferryboat over to this island and relax. Take a picnic and go to the beach or enjoy lunch at the only restaurant there. Not a lot more can be said.....wonderful!  more »
  • Spending time on a deserted island that is accessible only via boat/ferry is a great concept. Sadly, it wasn’t as amazing as we’d envisaged. It’s not too expensive for the ferry trip (10 Euros), and o...  more »
  • Beautiful. A must see, this island is paradise. So peaceful and calm (except for biting fish in the water!). There is a restaurant on the island but as it is the only restaurant it is very expensive, ...  more »