I had vaguely heard people talk about Culatra island, though I had never had a chance to visit it in any of the previous sojourns in Faro. The opportunity came for us to take a boat trip to any of Faro neighbouring islands, so we opted for Culatra, not knowing exactly what to expect.
Sailing around the marshland of Ria Formosa, an animal protected area and a haven for bird nesting was fairly interesting till we reached Farol island, a compulsory stop (though we didn't leave the anchoring area) prior to having made it to Culatra.
The walk to the beach which inevitably took us through the fisherman's village and a huge clam collecting area was long but there didn't seem much to do around apart from sitting in the cafés. I must say that the trip was worth it, despite the fact that we were subject to the boat timetables, and more so because the last one to Faro was fairly early in the afternoon.