Faro Island Beach

Faro Island Beach showing a beach and general coastal views
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Rent kayaks and surfboards to ride the waves lapping this narrow stretch of sand, which serves as a wall between ocean and river.

Faro Island Beach is one of the area’s most picturesque and popular sandy stretches. Cafés, restaurants and watersports operators sit along the strand, which lines 3 miles (5 kilometers) of a narrow sand bar. Enjoy the unobstructed views of the Atlantic Ocean on one side and the Formosa River on the other.

Most of the activity takes place in the central section of the beach. Stay at one of the small hotels and dine at the seafood restaurants here. Escape to the southern and northern ends of the beach to bask in tranquility and seclusion. Find a patch of sand to call your own for the day and lay down a towel for sunbathing or picnicking with your family.

Go swimming in the seawater, which is clean, clear and refreshing. In summer, lifeguards patrol popular parts of the beach. Bring buckets and shovels to let your kids build sand castles in front of the dunes that pockmark this peninsula.

Note that the waves at this beach are fairly strong and consistent, providing excellent surfing conditions. Rent boards and get lessons from the surfing school. You can also take out kayaks and stand-up paddleboards from the beach’s nautical center.

At the strand’s eastern limits lie the mudflats and saltwater lagoons of Ria Formosa Natural Park. Spot migratory birds and other aquatic creatures roaming this picturesque area. At low tide, fishermen and beachgoers often search the wet sands for shell fish.

Close to the city’s international airport, Faro Island Beach is a long and narrow barrier that stands between the Atlantic Ocean and the Formosa River. Regular buses to the airport also bring passengers here. To reach the beach on foot, walk southwest from the city for less than 1 hour, crossing the river via a bridge. Spend time at neighboring bays, such as Barrinha Beach, Quinta do Lago Beach and Ancão Beach.

Top Trending Hotels Near Faro Island Beach

Hotel Aeromar
Hotel Aeromar
3 out of 5
Avenida Nascente, 1 - Praia De Faro, Faro, 8000-795
The price is €104 per night from 28 Jun to 29 Jun
Stay at this 3-star beach hotel in Faro. Enjoy free WiFi, a beach locale and breakfast. Our guests praise the restaurant and the helpful staff in their reviews. ...
3.8/5 Good! (225 reviews)
"liked the location beautiful views quiet and relaxing enjoyed the ferry over to Faro (beautiful city) the beach is to die for . not crowded Lovely food at the hotel and brilliant service The only thing is we could have done with a frigde in the room for cold drinks"

Reviewed on 5 Jun 2022

Hotel Aeromar
AP Eva Senses
AP Eva Senses
4 out of 5
Avenida da Republica, 1, Faro, 8000-078
The price is €194 per night from 2 Jul to 3 Jul
Stay at this 4-star spa hotel in Faro. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi and free parking. Our guests praise the breakfast and the pool in their reviews. Popular ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (962 reviews)
"The location next to Old Town and near the airport was perfect. Antonio was extremely helpful and kind."

Reviewed on 21 Jun 2022

AP Eva Senses
Golden Beach Guesthouse
Golden Beach Guesthouse
3 out of 5
Avenida Nascente, Numero 2, Praia de Faro, Faro, Faro, 8005-520
The price is €203 per night from 1 Jul to 2 Jul
Stay at this 3-star beach guesthouse in Faro. Enjoy free WiFi, a beach locale and 2 beach bars. Popular attractions Faro Island Beach and Faro Old Town are located ...
4.8/5 Exceptional! (9 reviews)
"The location is IDEAL - the staff will go out of their way to accommodate you. I'll go back and would recommend it to family/friends!!!"

Reviewed on 22 Sep 2021

Golden Beach Guesthouse
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Hotel Aeromar
Hotel Aeromar
3 out of 5
Avenida Nascente, 1 - Praia De Faro, Faro, 8000-795
The price is €104 per night from 28 Jun to 29 Jun
Hotel Aeromar
AP Eva Senses
AP Eva Senses
4 out of 5
Avenida da Republica, 1, Faro, 8000-078
The price is €194 per night from 2 Jul to 3 Jul
AP Eva Senses
Golden Beach Guesthouse
Golden Beach Guesthouse
3 out of 5
Avenida Nascente, Numero 2, Praia de Faro, Faro, Faro, 8005-520
The price is €203 per night from 1 Jul to 2 Jul
Golden Beach Guesthouse
Hotel Faro & Beach Club
Hotel Faro & Beach Club
4 out of 5
Praca D Francisco Gomes 2, Faro, 8000-168
The price is €188 per night from 10 Jul to 11 Jul
Hotel Faro & Beach Club
Faro Beach Life Hostel
Faro Beach Life Hostel
2 out of 5
42 Avenida Poente, Faro, 8005-520
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MY CHOICE Ria Side Apartment
MY CHOICE Ria Side Apartment
3 out of 5
Av. Poente Ed. Ria Sol 18, 1 Pr. de Faro, Faro, 8005-520
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3HB Faro
3HB Faro
5 out of 5
Rua Vasco da Gama nr 33, Faro, 8000-442
The price is €240 per night from 29 Jun to 30 Jun
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ibis Faro Algarve
ibis Faro Algarve
2 out of 5
Rua Poeta Antonio Aleixo, 204, Nº de Registo:285, Faro, 8005-174
The price is €105 per night from 30 Jun to 1 Jul
ibis Faro Algarve
Hotel 3K Faro Aeroporto
Hotel 3K Faro Aeroporto
3 out of 5
Caixa Postal 409-A, Estrada Nacional 125-10, Faro, 8005-146
The price is €116 per night from 3 Jul to 4 Jul
Hotel 3K Faro Aeroporto
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