hi tabby, one of the nicest things we found while in faro was a boat trip to the Ilha Deserta,
access Ferry from Faro, 40 mins, through Ria Formosa.
facilities One cafe near landing stage.
comments Lives up to its name. How much empty beach do you want ? Also known as Cabo de Santa Maria, it is the southern-most point of Portugal. There is a boarded walk over the dunes. See http://www.ilha-deserta.com
beautiful place like being stranded on a desert island, you will be too if you miss the boat back home