Ilha da Culatra

Image gallery of the Culatra island in the Ria Formosa, situated in front of Olhão between the islands of Armona and Barreta


Ilha da Culatra

Ilha da Culatra

The island is located in the Ria Formosa opposite Olhão between the islands Ilha da Barreta in the west and Ilha da Armona. The beaches of Praia do Farol, Praia de Hangares and Praia da Culatra-Mar can be reached from the mainland only by a ferry.


Ilha da Culatra

Ilha da Culatra

View to western direction to the lagoon of the Ria Formosa near Olhão and the island, where you can the lighthouse in the background.


Ilha da Culatra: Praia do Farol

Ilha da Culatra: Praia do Farol

The lighthouse (port. farol) marks the passage between the island and the neighbouring Ilha da Barreta, the only way through for boats to Faro. The light can be seen by afar at hight. This part of the island is also called "Ilha do Farol", and the name of the popular beach on the sea side is Praia do Farol.


Ilha da Culatra: Lighthouse

Ilha da Culatra: Lighthouse

View from the Ilha da Barreta (also known as Ilha Deserta) to the western end of the Culatra Island, Cabo de Santa Maria, with its lighthouse.


Ilha da Culatra: Farol

Ilha da Culatra: Farol

The lighthouse (farol) marks the navigation route to Faro and Olhão between the Ilha Deserta and the Ilha da Culatra; that's why the island is also called Ilha do Farol.


Ilha da Culatra Rescue Centre 1813

Ilha da Culatra Rescue Centre 1813

The rescue centre on the Ilha da Culatra was already erected in 1813 to save people shipwrecked in the Ria Formosa


Ilha da Culatra Oyster banks

Ilha da Culatra Oyster banks

Oyster banks on the lagoon side shore of the Culatra Island. Fresh oysters from the grill (ostras al vapor) are a local delicacy.


Ilha da Culatra

Ilha da Culatra

View to the lagoon of the Ria Formosa and the island to eastern direction. In the background you can see the neighbouring island Ilha da Armona, situated opposite Olhão.


Ilha da Culatra

Ilha da Culatra

On the left side you can see the small harbour and the landing stage of for the ferry boat. On the opposite side the small sandy stripe of the sea side beach Praia da Culatra-Mar comes into view.


Ilha da Culatra: Sunset

Ilha da Culatra: Sunset

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