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Ilha da Armona, Algarve

Ilha da Armona, along with Ilha da Culatra, are the two main beaches accessed from the laid-back resort of Olhão, on the Algarve.

Ilha da Armona, Olhao, Algarve.
Fun on the beach

The Ilha da Armona is part of the picturesque Parque Natural de Ria Formosa, 60 km of salt marsh, creeks, lagoons and sand dunes stretching from Faro east to Cacela Velha.

The boat from Olhão drops you at a small harbour on Armona, which has a few shops and restaurants. From here it is a 15-20 minute walk along a narrow street lined with holiday bungalows and an Orbitur campsite (Tel: 351 289 714173) to the south of the long, narrow island and Praia de Armona.

Ilha da Armona.
Map of the area

The Praia de Armona has a very natural feel and the beach stretches out into the distance along the whole southern coast of the island. There are no cars on the island, which is 9 km long and about 1 km wide at its widest point.

The island seen from the sea.
The island seen from the sea

Access - Getting There

To reach both Ilha da Armona and Ilha da Culatra take a ferry from the harbour near the fish and vegetable market and the replica of the Caique Bom Sucesso on the waterfront of Olhão. The ferry takes about 20 minutes.

Ilha da Armona can also be reached from Fuzeta.

Ferry ticket office in Olhao.
Ferry tickets

Ilha da Armona, Olhao.
The beach

Ilha da Armona, Olhao, Algarve.
The arid landscape of scrub and sand dunes

Accommodation in the Algarve

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