A trail from Ria Formosa to the Lighthouse
The Culatra Island to the Lighthouse Trail is an excellent program to enjoy a day at the beach in the Algarve and Olhão. For those who like to walk on the beach, visiting the island of Culatra and taking a trail are mandatory in the Algarve.
by Filipe PereiraPortuguese Local Guide
Since an early age, Algarve has been a mandatory stop for me at least twice per year. Get to know this region through insider tips, and discover it like a local!
HOW TO GET TO THE CULATRA ISLAND AND THE LIGHTHOUSETo reach the island of Culatra and the Lighthouse, it is necessary to cross by boat from Olhão to the island of Culatra. The trip costs € 1.85 / per person, to the island of Culatra, and € 2.15 back from the Lighthouse from Olhão. Summer times for Culatra Island are available in the image below. The walking route between Ilha da Culatra and Farol can be done between Culatra and Farol or the other way around. Just pay attention that it is worth buying a boat ticket to one of the places and returning to another. Culatra Island and Lighthouse are all on the same island, Culatra Island (although in Faro they call it “Lighthouse Island”). In reality, the term “Island” in the Lighthouse is most likely due to the old use of the word at a time when there could be a channel between the Culatra and the Lighthouse. Today is everything on Culatra Island.
SPRING BY THE TRAIL OF THE CULATRA ON THE LIGHTOnce on the island of Culatra, the boat reaches the traditional village and fishermen. After exploring the village, you have to travel about 1.5 km by trail through the village to the beach. After reaching the beach on the island of Culatra, you must always follow the sea to the Lighthouse. This part is about 2.5 km on the island of Culatra. The route crosses the dune cord of the island of Culatra and allows you to beach in the sea or in the estuary, the part of the sea is much higher there. The Culatra Island trail is truly wonderful for beach lovers.
WHERE TO SLEEP IN OLD TO VISIT THE CULATRA ISLAND AND THE PHAROLIn Olhão, you can stay in some excellent places. From there you have access to the beaches of the island of Culatra and the Lighthouse, as well as the island of Armona. You can choose to:
- cheaper accommodation in Olhão, such as Stork Hostel, GuestMar, Roaz de Bandeira Guesthouse, or OceanOasis.
- more comfortable accommodation in Olhão, the Real Marina Residence, Quinta dos Poetas Nature Hotel & amp; Apartments, or the Real Marina Hotel & amp; Spa;
- accommodation for families or groups in Olhão, Casa do Pescador holiday homes by Ammonite & amp; Co, Casa do Chico, Francelina house, or Lavadeira’s House, and the Ria Olhao, Pilot House – Village Marina, or BaixaMar Apartments.