Quinta do Lago, The long Wooden Bridge crosses the nature reserve at its narrowest point about 250 metres and connects the track, urbanisation and golf course to Praia de Faro Beach. It enables beachgoers fishermen and hikers to view the beauty of the nature reserve, the trees Umbrella Pines (pinus pinea) so called because their tops are like umbrellas, Maritime Pines (Pinus Pinaster), Carob Trees (Ceratonia Siliqua) and shrubs such as Lentisc (Pistacia Lentiscus) Dwarf Fan Palms (Chamaerops Humilis), Furze (Ulex sp.) and Gum Cistus (Cistus sp.) all plants of a Mediterranean climate as they cross the bridge.
For hikers it is the turning point on one of the circular walks and a chance to slip those shoes off and feel the coolness of the ocean for a refreshing walk along the ocean shoreline weaving through the many beach goers. In winter the beach is deserted and you are alone with your thoughts as you get the chance to savor the stiff onshore afternoon breeze.
In winter hikers can start the circular walk from the Ilha de Faro road bridge at apprx 1:00pm so that they can watch the sunset at apprx 5:30pm arriving back at Ilha de Faro as darkness brings another day to an end.
Walk direction: From Ilha de Faro recross the road bridgeheading north and follow the road until you reach the central track across the nature reserve turn left here and head across the reserve until you reach the 2 storey hide take a left along the small beach beside the golf course as far as the wooden bridge which crosses the lagoons to Praia de Faro Beach and the Atlantic Ocean. Turn left when you reach the beach heading back along Praia de Faro with the ocean on one side and the sanddunes the other back to Ilha de Faro and your starting point.
Walk duration 4 – 5 hours level conditions, but the soft sand on parts of the beach can be tiring.
Ludo, Faro, Algarve, Portugal
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