5 Best Beaches in Faro as Recommended by Locals

Are you counting down the days until your trip to Faro?

This stunning coastal city in Portugal’s Algarve region attracts visitors from all over the world for many reasons.

There’s the incredible Ria Formosa Natural Park, the beautiful Old Town, the delicious food, and, of course, plenty of gorgeous beaches!

At Formosamar, we provide a range of activities and boat trips in Faro and Ria Formosa that allow you to discover this special place.

As genuine local experts, we have used our insights to share with you the five best beaches in Faro.

Keep scrolling down to find out our recommendations!

If you have any questions about our tours in the meantime, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.


Praia de Faro, Our City’s Most Popular Beach!

Praia de Faro is the most popular beach in Faro, and it’s easy to see why. 

Located on a sandbar separating the Atlantic Ocean from the Ria Formosa lagoon, Praia de Faro is a long sweep of sand that stretches for around 5km (3.1 miles). 

The blue water is warm and inviting, perfect for swimming and playing. And when you want to take it easy, you can simply lay back and relax on the golden sand.

The beach is well-equipped with sun loungers and parasols for rent. There are plenty of cafes and restaurants nearby where you can grab a a refreshing drink or bite to eat.

As Faro’s most popular beach, it’s worth noting that Praia de Faro is especially busy in the peak summer season.

If you’re looking for more peace and solitude, there’s something for you below!

For another quintessential Algarve experience, join one of our sunset boat tours in Faro.

Praia de Faro
Praia de Faro (SourceLicence)

Take a Boat to Ilha Deserta 

If you’re looking for a more secluded beach experience, Ilha Deserta is the destination for you. 

This uninhabited island is accessible only by boat, making it a great escape from the hustle and bustle of the city. 

The white sand beach is clean and pristine, and the turquoise water is crystal clear.

There are no restaurants or cafes on the island, so make sure to bring your own snacks and drinks. 

And while you’re here, take a stroll along the boardwalk that runs through the island’s nature reserve and spot a variety of exotic bird species.

Our own boat trips to Deserta and Farol Islands are the perfect way to visit Ilha Deserta and much more!

Ilha Deserta ou da Barreta
Ilha Deserta (SourceLicence)

Ilha da Culatra 

Another island beach worthy of any Faro itinerary is Ilha da Culatra. 

This island is slightly more developed than Ilha Deserta, with several restaurants and cafes where you can enjoy a delicious meal while soaking up the sun. 

The beach is clean and quiet with soft white sand — and the shimmering azure water is made for swimming. 

You can also take a stroll through the island’s charming fishing village. Here, you can see local fishermen at work and pick up some fresh seafood for dinner.

Make the most of your time in the place we call home by reading our tips for the best things to do in Faro.

Playa de Culatra
Ilha da Culatra (SourceLicence)

Praia da Quinta do Lago 

For a more luxurious beach experience, head to Praia da Quinta do Lago. 

This beach is surrounded by a nature reserve, giving it a secluded and exclusive feel. 

Praia da Quinta do Lago is equipped with high-end amenities like sun loungers and parasols

There are several restaurants and bars nearby where you can enjoy a cocktail or a gourmet meal. 

The water is clear and calm, making it ideal for swimming or kayaking.

Are you looking for even more kayaking adventures? Check out our guided kayak tour in Ria Formosa!

Praia da Quinta do Lago
Praia da Quinta do Lago (SourceLicence)

Praia do Ancão 

Last but not least, Praia do Ancão is an exquisite secluded beach for those who want to escape the crowds. 

The beach is a bit harder to reach, but it’s worth the effort if you’re looking for a quiet spot to relax. 

The sand is soft and golden, and the welcoming water is clean and clear. 

There are no restaurants or cafes on the beach, so you will need to bring your own snacks and drinks. 

You can also take a stroll along the nearby nature reserve, where you can spot a variety of birds and other wildlife.

If you want to enjoy even more birdwatching, look no further than our birdwatching boat tours in the Algarve.

Ancao Beach
Praia do Ancão (SourceLicence)

Explore Faro and Ria Formosa with Our Tours and Activities!

Whether you’re looking for a bustling beach with lots of amenities or a secluded spot to escape the crowds, Faro has something for everyone.

Our wonderful part of the Algarve is home to some of the most beautiful beaches in Portugal. 

Browse our many activities and boat trips in Faro and Ria Formosa and start planning your Algarve adventure!

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