Culatra Beach Culatra Beach, Eastern Algarve, Portugal

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Culatra beach is an enjoyable treck to get to, and it is well worth it. If you want miles of unadulterated beach without the trimmings, this is the place to come. Culatra beach is a wild coast with minimal human traffic even in the height of the season. Walk right and you come to Farol beach - from where you can also take the ferry back to Olhão. Walk left and you have miles of empty beach, right down to the magical tip of the island, the barra betwen Ilha de Culatra and Ilha de Armona. In high season, there will be a few private boat parties on the lagoon side of the tip, but the ocean side you'll probably have all to yourself. If you come down here remember to leave yourself enough time to get back to catch the ferry home - unless you want to stay, that is.

The lagoon side of the island around the town is very worth while exploring if you like boats, shells, general marine detritus and really untamed fishing villages.

Access to Culatra Beach

Access to Culatra beach is by ferry from Olhão. The ferry goes from the landing stage at the eastern end of the waterfront gardens. The ferry has a time table and does a round trip to Culatra and Farol. If it goes to Culatra first, it takes about 30 minutes. If it goes to Farol first, it takes about 45 minutes.

Once on Culatra island you walk through the village and then out over the dunes to the beach on a long wooden walkway. It takes about 10 - 15 minutes to walk.

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