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Ilha Deserta, Faro

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#4 of 13 in Nature in Faro District
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 and other Faro attractions into our Faro online travel planner , and watch your holiday take shape.
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  • August 19, 2017
    Tip: walk a bit to avoid the world that stops at the beginning of the beach. To go see the totem, allow a half hour walk!
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  • August 18, 2017
    Took a speedboat across and a catamaran back. A really beautiful beach with clear water and golden sand. A wonderful way to spend the day. Highly recommend.  more »
  • August 18, 2017
    Very good kitchen, prices for a such island restoration great. We come back. Great for Beach people.
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As the region's biggest city and one of the country's national hot spots for nightlife, vacations, and the great outdoors, Faro features a huge array of hotels, guesthouses, and hostels. Most of the larger international chains sit within the blocks surrounding the city harbor, and although staying in one can be pricey, it puts you within easy walking distance of the city's selection of bars, restaurants, clubs, and other establishments. For more budget-friendly accommodations check out a family-run inn, a bed and breakfast, or the opportunity to simply rent an extra room from a local--all of which are extremely common in Faro. These accommodations may be a little farther outside the city center, but you'll get a quiet nook in a nearby residential neighborhood away from the city bustle.
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