Ilha da Culatra
If you have a habit of sticking around the Algarve but want to change your routine a bit (or want to escape the other tourists), hop on a ferry from Olhão or Faro and take a short ride to the Ilha da Culatra. The beaches are phenomenal and fairly quiet (especially when compared to mainland Algarve) and there is a working fishing village on the island, so expect plenty of fresh seafood straight from the ocean to the restaurant kitchens. The island is divided into three parts: Culatra, Farol and Hângares, and the first two are the only with year-round residents. What is there to do in the Ilha da Culatra other than beaches and eating seafood? Hiking is a top activity (especially since there are no paved roads so you’ll have no other choice) and the coast is an excellent spot for snorkelling.