A petrol dispenser pump at the Faro Marina - this is the point where most tours would start to small islands dotted aroud Ria Formosa Lagoon

A petrol dispenser pump at the Faro Marina - this is the point where most tours would start to small islands dotted aroud Ria Formosa Lagoon

A seagull enjoying a nice view by sitting on top of a boat inside the marina

A seagull enjoying a nice view by sitting on top of a boat inside the marina

Tour boat is just passing under a railbridge, here marina opens out to Ria Formosa Lagoon

Tour boat is just passing under a railbridge, here marina opens out to Ria Formosa Lagoon

The boat travels beside the Old Town of Faro, to the left

The boat travels beside the Old Town of Faro, to the left

It makes its second and only stop at the Arco da Porta Nova, it is also called the Portas do Mar (Doors of the Sea) to pick up more tourists

It makes its second and only stop at the Arco da Porta Nova, it is also called the Portas do Mar (Doors of the Sea) to pick up more tourists

The captain of the boat navigates the boat away from the old town into the Ria Formosa Natural Park

The captain of the boat navigates the boat away from the old town into the Ria Formosa Natural Park

Here, a catamaran seen passing next to the Faro's old city walls

Here, a catamaran seen passing next to the Faro's old city walls

Water channels inside th Ria Formosa - this lagoon is home to many coastal birds

Water channels inside th Ria Formosa - this lagoon is home to many coastal birds

Many rare species breed here, others over-winter here and it also provides rest and replenishment for migratory birds

Many rare species breed here, others over-winter here and it also provides rest and replenishment for migratory birds

Ria Formosa has also traditionally been an area of oyster and salt farming as well as fishing and shellfish harvesting

Ria Formosa has also traditionally been an area of oyster and salt farming as well as fishing and shellfish harvesting

This patch of the lagoon is also populated with many boats

This patch of the lagoon is also populated with many boats

Looking back at the Faro city walls - the buildings which rise above the walls are the some of the remains of Faro Castle

Looking back at the Faro city walls - the buildings which rise above the walls are the some of the remains of Faro Castle

Faro city is disappearing behind us, as boat makes its way deeper into the lagoon

Faro city is disappearing behind us, as boat makes its way deeper into the lagoon

The tours for Ria Formosa Lagoon and island can also be taken from Olhao

The tours for Ria Formosa Lagoon and island can also be taken from Olhao

Here a Jamanta Party Boat can be seen in the lagoon - the Ria Formosa National Park was formed as a National Park in 1987

Here a Jamanta Party Boat can be seen in the lagoon - the Ria Formosa National Park was formed as a National Park in 1987

It covers approximately 18,000 hectares and is made of 5 barrier islands and 2 peninsulas that enclose a system of tidal lagoons

It covers approximately 18,000 hectares and is made of 5 barrier islands and 2 peninsulas that enclose a system of tidal lagoons

Apart from more than 200 species of birds that visit the park regularly, there are over 300 species of molluscs, 11 amphibians and 15 reptiles

Apart from more than 200 species of birds that visit the park regularly, there are over 300 species of molluscs, 11 amphibians and 15 reptiles

A ship and few cranes at the Faro seaport

A ship and few cranes at the Faro seaport

After leaving the small water channels, the boat gathered some speed and fresh sea breeze was very welcoming

After leaving the small water channels, the boat gathered some speed and fresh sea breeze was very welcoming

From East to West, a succession of beautiful places like Faro Islands, Barreta, Culatra, Armona and Tavira, with long sand coasts

From East to West, a succession of beautiful places like Faro Islands, Barreta, Culatra, Armona and Tavira, with long sand coasts

It was a very pleasant sunny day to visit this natural beauty which Portugal had to offer

It was a very pleasant sunny day to visit this natural beauty which Portugal had to offer

Culatra Island seen from the Ria Formosa, this island forms a barrier between the lagoon and Atlantic Ocean

Culatra Island seen from the Ria Formosa, this island forms a barrier between the lagoon and Atlantic Ocean

One of the most prominent buildings seen from the boat is this one

One of the most prominent buildings seen from the boat is this one

The Farol Lighthouse is inside the tiny village called, Ilha de Farol

The Farol Lighthouse is inside the tiny village called, Ilha de Farol

Now, the boat was approaching close to the pier and wind had picked up and journey was becoming quite bumpy

Now, the boat was approaching close to the pier and wind had picked up and journey was becoming quite bumpy

A seagull resting or waiting for his next move

A seagull resting or waiting for his next move

A catamaran at the wooden pier, must have brought visitors from either Faro or Olhao in here

A catamaran at the wooden pier, must have brought visitors from either Faro or Olhao in here

We are told by the captain to wait and hold tight, while waiting for the pier to be free

We are told by the captain to wait and hold tight, while waiting for the pier to be free

This bridge links the pier to the coast and the village of Ilha de Farol

This bridge links the pier to the coast and the village of Ilha de Farol

This village is famous for its sun kissed sandy beaches

This village is famous for its sun kissed sandy beaches

There are no paved road or motorised vehicles on this island

There are no paved road or motorised vehicles on this island

Ilha da Culatra has two small villages, one on the western side called Farol and the second on the northern banks called Culatra

Ilha da Culatra has two small villages, one on the western side called Farol and the second on the northern banks called Culatra

Small houses are built on this tiny village (Ilha de Farol) - I didn't see much movement in the village though

Small houses are built on this tiny village (Ilha de Farol) - I didn't see much movement in the village though

This village is peaceful and quiet, an ideal place to enjoy the serene beauty of lagoon and the ocean

This village is peaceful and quiet, an ideal place to enjoy the serene beauty of lagoon and the ocean

The island itself is a touch of paradise with its endless beach and doll like houses

The island itself is a touch of paradise with its endless beach and doll like houses

Probably, this village is used by the people, escaping the city life

Probably, this village is used by the people, escaping the city life

The small village of Farol is home mostly to fishermen or cultivators of shellfish in the Estuary

The small village of Farol is home mostly to fishermen or cultivators of shellfish in the Estuary

This lighthouse can be seen from any corners of the village - it is also called the Lighthouse of Cabo de Santa Maria

This lighthouse can be seen from any corners of the village - it is also called the Lighthouse of Cabo de Santa Maria

A house built on the beach towards the Atlantic Ocean, with the lighthouse seen in the background

A house built on the beach towards the Atlantic Ocean, with the lighthouse seen in the background

A small walkway leads to the sandy beach on the Atlantic Ocean

A small walkway leads to the sandy beach on the Atlantic Ocean

Stones are used to form a wall and in front of them lies the areas used for sunbathing

Stones are used to form a wall and in front of them lies the areas used for sunbathing

Looking at the lighthouse from the beach on the Atlantic Ocean

Looking at the lighthouse from the beach on the Atlantic Ocean

While walking in the village, I came across this beautiful house

While walking in the village, I came across this beautiful house

A picture created by using the azulejo tiles is called Ilha dos Amores

A picture created by using the azulejo tiles is called Ilha dos Amores

A sign with the name of the village, beside the beach

A sign with the name of the village, beside the beach

A street sign in the village - there are only few streets, most of them are more like walkways

A street sign in the village - there are only few streets, most of them are more like walkways

From Ilha de Farol the boat took us to nearby Barreta Island

From Ilha de Farol the boat took us to nearby Barreta Island

This island is also known as Deserta, Deserted Island or Santa Maria Cape Island

This island is also known as Deserta, Deserted Island or Santa Maria Cape Island

This sandy island is around 7km (5 miles) long and only 600 metres wide at its widest point

This sandy island is around 7km (5 miles) long and only 600 metres wide at its widest point

The name Ilha Deserta comes from the reason because it is the only one of five islands that is uninhabited

The name Ilha Deserta comes from the reason because it is the only one of five islands that is uninhabited

This island is an ideal place for beach walking, even some parts are being used by the naturists

This island is an ideal place for beach walking, even some parts are being used by the naturists

There are no permanent inhabitants here and the only significant structure on the whole island is the surprisingly popular O Estamine Restaurant at the eastern end of the island

There are no permanent inhabitants here and the only significant structure on the whole island is the surprisingly popular O Estamine Restaurant at the eastern end of the island

Ilha de Farol village seen from the Ilha Deserta

Ilha de Farol village seen from the Ilha Deserta

Here, captain is waiting for us to join him in order to be returned to Faro

Here, captain is waiting for us to join him in order to be returned to Faro

People busy in various activities in the Ria Formosa

People busy in various activities in the Ria Formosa

A couple inside the boat, both were keen walkers and the photographers

A couple inside the boat, both were keen walkers and the photographers