Today we had decided to head to Olhão then take the ferry over to Culatra Island. I had done the research and given all detail to one and all. We met at the kiosk at the designated time and discovered the ferry for Culatra had already left and that in fact the schedule I had looked at, was for Armona Island!!!! Oh well, thank goodness it worked out.
Armona is 9 kilometers in length, and from 0.1 to 1 km wide. The ferry ride, approximately 20 minutes. The island is populated with a large number of beach houses and 5 cafe bars. The main beach on the Atlantic side of the island is pristine and uncrowded, which you will see from our photos.
Once we docked we enjoyed a leisurely stroll, about a km long, to the furthest side of the island and the practically empty beach. Clearly we are off season, which was great for us.
Once we “claimed” our piece of beach it didn’t take long for the food to start coming out. Red and white vino, water, olives, cheeses, chicken, eggs, sandwiches, octopus, almonds, potato chips, bread, and fresh raspberries. What a feast.
A wonderful way to wile away a gorgeous day. Sadly Diane is fighting a bug and ended up having to stay home and recuperate. She was there in spirit however and her name did come up a few times. A good excuse to repeat this excursion another time!!
And finally, filled with sunshine and sand in a few places we didn’t bargain for……we headed back to catch the ferry back to the mainland.