Holidays in Ilha da Culatra Beach

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Ilha da Culatra Beach showing a beach and general coastal views as well as a small group of people

Located on a small island that separates Rio Formosa Natural Park from the sea, this undeveloped beach offers calm, clean waters and few crowds.

Find Ilha da Culatra Beach on a traffic-free island only accessible by ferry. Enjoy the back-to-nature vibe of this scenic beach, which is unspoiled by development and construction.

As part of the Rio Formosa Natural Park, Ilha da Culatra Beach has been wonderfully preserved in its natural state with no high-rise hotels or unsightly buildings marring the site. Visit sandy beaches bordering much of the ocean-facing edge of the island.

Find a spot on the beach and enjoy the quiet and solitude. Soak up the sun’s rays and listen to the calming sound of the waves washing in. Because the island is car-free, you won’t be able to hear the sounds of traffic and roaring engines. If it becomes too hot, cool off with a quick dip in the Atlantic waters.

If, after a few hours out in the sun, you feel you need to stretch out your legs, take a barefoot stroll across the sands and take in the ocean views. A wooden walkway extends along the coast, connecting the two main beach areas near Ilha da Culatra and Ilha do Farol. As you amble along, look for the lighthouse near Farol, one of the few landmarks on this mostly undeveloped island.

Reach Ilha da Culatra by taking a ferry from Olhão. Ferries depart regularly during summer; in winter, departures are less frequent. Journey times to Culatra take approximately 30 minutes. The beach attracts more visitors in the summer, so go outside the busiest months of July and August to experience it at its quietest.

There are no paved roads on the island so make your way to the beach on foot via the wooden paths instead. While there are several eating and drinking facilities on the island, with a decent selection to be found in the villages of Culatra and Farol, it is a good idea to bring your own food and drink for a scenic picnic by the sea.

2206 Cheap Hotels Near Ilha da Culatra Beach

Pure Formosa Concept Hotel
Pure Formosa Concept Hotel
Av. da República 34, Olhao, Faro
The price is AU$79 per night from 3 Feb. to 4 Feb.
Situated in Olhao, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Ria Formosa Natural Park and Olhao Municipal Market. Olhao Harbour and Ilha da Armona Beach are also ...
4.9/5 Exceptional! (22 reviews)
"A gem of a property with an outstanding and helpful staff. The finest place in Olhao!"

Reviewed on 3 Dec. 2021

Pure Formosa Concept Hotel
Real Marina Hotel & Spa
Real Marina Hotel & Spa
5 out of 5
Av. 5 de Outubro, 1, Olhao
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is AU$139 per night from 1 Feb. to 2 Feb.
This family-friendly Olhao hotel is located near the beach, within a 10-minute walk of Ria Formosa Natural Park and Olhao Municipal Market. Olhao Harbour and ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (979 reviews)
"The suite we stayed in was huge and spotless, very comfortable all round, breakfast was good and all staff were friendly and polite"

Reviewed on 25 Dec. 2021

Real Marina Hotel & Spa
Mulubinba SeaHouse - Barco Hotel
Mulubinba SeaHouse - Barco Hotel
Nestled on the beach, this Faro houseboat is within a 15-minute walk of Ria Formosa Natural Park, Ilha da Armona Beach and Ilha da Culatra Beach. Olhao Municipal ...
5/5 Exceptional! (4 reviews)
Amazing stay
"We rented boat for 3 nights in October. Amazing location off quiet beach beautiful boat great hosts. Will stay again in spring."

Reviewed on 12 Oct. 2021

Mulubinba SeaHouse - Barco Hotel
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Top Ilha da Culatra Beach Hotel & Accommodation Deals

Pure Formosa Concept Hotel
Pure Formosa Concept Hotel
Av. da República 34, Olhao, Faro
The price is AU$79 per night from 3 Feb. to 4 Feb.
Pure Formosa Concept Hotel
Real Marina Hotel & Spa
Real Marina Hotel & Spa
5 out of 5
Av. 5 de Outubro, 1, Olhao
The price is AU$139 per night from 1 Feb. to 2 Feb.
Real Marina Hotel & Spa
Mulubinba SeaHouse - Barco Hotel
Mulubinba SeaHouse - Barco Hotel
Mulubinba SeaHouse - Barco Hotel
Real Marina Residence
Real Marina Residence
5 out of 5
Avenida 5 de Outubro 2, Olhao
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Pension Bicuar
Pension Bicuar
3 out of 5
Rua Vasco Da Gama, 5, Olhao
Pension Bicuar
LUXURY 3 bedroom apartment with communal  roof top terrace and rear patio
LUXURY 3 bedroom apartment with communal roof top terrace and rear patio
E24, Edificio Brisas, Olhao, Faro District
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Rooftop Olhão - Algarve. Apartamento 3 Quartos Vista mar
Rooftop Olhão - Algarve. Apartamento 3 Quartos Vista mar
Praça Patrão Joaquim Lopes, 5, 4 andar, Olhao, Faro District
Rooftop Olhão - Algarve. Apartamento 3 Quartos Vista mar
Apartamentos Sol e Ria
Apartamentos Sol e Ria
4 out of 5
Rua Alexandre Herculano, 16, Olhao
Apartamentos Sol e Ria
100 m2 apartment in Olhão, central, for rent.
100 m2 apartment in Olhão, central, for rent.
Avenida 5 de Outubro 116, 2 Schlafzimmer mit 3 Betten, Olhao, Faro District
100 m2 apartment in Olhão, central, for rent.
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