Should I write about this amazing location or should I hide it from everyone, in an attempt that it remains preserved from the touristic madness of the region? Well, if there is someone I would like to show this magnificent place, it is you, dear lomographer!
I want to tell you about this place for a while. But I’m never sure if I should show it to people because it truly is my secret paradise. It is an island in the south part of Portugal, right in the place where the fresh water from the rivers meets the salty water from the Atlantic Ocean.
It is the place where I’ve learned how to swim in my childhood, where I spent my family summer vacations. Nowadays, it is my getaway from the city and ordinary life. I try to spend at least a week here every year, just to read, take pictures, and lie down in that amazing, endless, and almost desert sand beach!
One of my favorite things in the island is how to get there. You’ll get a small boat in Faro or Olhão, so… say “bye bye” to your beloved car, there is no place for it in the island! The first string that attaches you to modern city life gets loose! :)
Ilha do Farol meaning “Lighthouse Island”, is what we call the little touristic village located in Ilha da Culatra (Culatra Island), so it is not really an island, but part of an island.
The village gets its popular name after the Farol de Santa Maria (Saint Mary’s lighthouse), one of the elements that gives magic to this place. The way it stands in the middle of the village is beautiful. After sunset, when the lights go on, it is absolutely hypnotic. And you can climb up the lighthouse for a full view of the whole island, it is worth every pain you will feel on your legs the next day.
There is not much to do around here, that’s why it is so great! :D So, beach, beach, beach all day! :D Don’t forget to go to “Maramais”, the nice beach bar, with funny themed parties in the evenings and cool, environment-friendly bar staff!
If you ever visit my secret paradise, don’t forget to preserve it! It is located in a protected area, so that is why it’s not spoiled by the touristic madness that invaded Algarve in the last decades… let’s keep it like that! ;)
Psst…Are you still there? I saved you the best for the end…:)