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Visit to Praia de Faro 31.08.17

In Algarve, Portugal on September 3, 2017 by cubsur51 Tagged: ,

Visit to Praia de Faro 31.08.17

This is the spit of land seen by millions every year as they land or take off at Faro Airport. Although often called the ‘Ilha de Faro’ (Faro island) it isn’t a true island as the western end joins onto the beach area of the upmarket resort of Quinta do Lago.

It had been a very long time since I had been there. So, on a hot day last Thursday, I took the train to Faro and then the bus to the beach. The ‘island’ is linked to the mainland by a low half mile long bridge. The last 150 metres is, for some unknown reason, only wide enough for one vehicle to pass at a time. It’s controlled by traffic signals, where posters are on display, demanding a wider bridge to be built. Because of that narrow section, large trucks and buses cannot cross onto the island. The bus stops seemingly in the middle of the sea.

Praia de Faro Bridge

Praia de Faro Bridge

It was a very busy day, the sands were busy. The beach stretches for several kilometres. I walked to the eastern end, about 4 km each way. After the first 1.7km, the road runs out. A boardwalk for pedestrians, bikes and scooters runs almost the whole way to the end, where there is a scattering of houses including this rather smart one. These houses have a boat parked outside the front door and a bike or scooter at the back.

Praia de Faro house

Praia de Faro house

The city of Faro sits across the marshes, as does the airport.

Faro Airport from the island

Faro Airport from the island

Praia de Faro plane landing

Praia de Faro plane landing

Faro from the island 002

Faro from the island

Some more pictures if you click the icon below.

This map shows my walk, from the red dot where I got off the bus to the blue dot. Despite what the map may show, the road runs not quite half way. There is the boardwalk for most of the rest, then it is soft sand.

Map for Faro Island - Ilha de Faro

Map for Faro Island – Ilha de Faro

How to get there

As you can see, the island is a short distance from Faro airport. Take that road and turn away from the airport, following the signs to Praia de Faro. Parking on the island is very limited and with access only via that very narrow bridge it is often a fairly long wait to get on and off. There is a parking area on the mainland at the other end of the bridge. That however is a walk of about 850 metres. Good news is that there is a separate boardwalk type bridge, alongside the road, for pedestrians and cyclists.

For those who don’t mind going by bus, Faro city bus route 16 runs from the bus station and railway station once or twice an hour. Fare is €2,25 for adults, €1,50 for children.  The journey takes about 20 minutes. This is the same bus that goes via the airport. In summer, there are also journeys on routes 14 and 17 from other parts of the city.

In summer, mid-June to mid September, there is a passenger ferry from Faro city six times a day. The embarkation point is under the old city wall about 200 metres from the marina. Times etc at www.silnido.com

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