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Praia do Farol

Faro, Algarve

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The small dune island of Ilha do Farol, also called Ilha da Culatra, is home to the spacious and fine-sanded Praia do Farol. Its soft sandy surface stretches for one and a half kilometres between a protected dune landscape and the crystal clear blue of the Atlantic. This is a beach where relaxation is high on the agenda. Two bars at the western end both have a relaxed atmosphere and serve delicious smoothies and snacks. As you head along the one and a half kilometres of Praia do Farol towards its smaller neighbour Praia dos Hangares, you will find increasing tranquillity and seclusion.

Praia do Farol - A large island beach in the protected lagoon landscape near Faro

Praia do Farol is situated on Ilha do Farol, also called Ilha da Culatra, not far from the southern Portuguese coastal town of Faro. The ferry from Olhão takes 45 minutes to cross to the low-lying dune island, which is over seven kilometres long and at least a kilometre wide.

The large dune beach, Praia do Farol, on the west of the island, stretches for one and a half kilometres, at which point it merges into the small neighbouring beach, Praia dos Hangares. Praia do Farol belongs to the western settlement of Farol, with its attractive and eye-catching lighthouse dating from 1851.

At Praia do Farol you will find lots of Portuguese holidaymakers who appreciate the crystal clear water and the idyllic tranquil atmosphere of the beach. In the summer months you can rent bungalows and private apartments. In the three settlements on the island you will find a number of restaurants and bars, and right by the jetty at Farol there is also a small supermarket.

At the western end of the fine-sanded beach of Praia do Farol there are two beach bars, both with a tasteful and friendly ambience that adds a touch of magic to this idyllic island paradise. Maramais Bar da Praia serves an indulgent mix of fresh cocktails, smoothies and snacks to the accompaniment of relaxed music. The further east you go, the more peaceful and secluded your surroundings become. Naturists are welcome in the remoter parts of the beach, and in the mornings and evenings it's fine to bring your dog here.

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Praia do Farol is suitable for
Every beach is unique. Apart from how the beach looks and its surroundings it is mainly the people and the amenities here which give the beach its character.
Relaxation: 7/10 points
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Here you can simply relax and enjoy the pleasures of life.
Family: 6/10 points
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Here you will find a good environment to be able to spend a nice beach holiday with the familiy.
Water sports: 1/10 points
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No wind and no waves here mean that this is definitely the wrong place for water-sports enthusiasts.
Party: 2/10 points
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Not much happening at this beach and you won't find any party locations here either.

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Maramais Bar da Praia

Offer: Food, Drinks, Dancing, Snacks, Music

Price level: Local standard

Exclusivity: Normal

Clientel: Normal

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  • Maramais Bar da Praia
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    Offer: Food, Drinks, Dancing, Snacks, Music

    Price level: Local standard

    Exclusivity: Normal

    Clientel: Normal

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geo coordinates: 36.974913, -7.863193
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