If you are looking for a relaxing vacation with good weather on a pedestrian only island, then you should consider a rental villa on Armona Island. A quick boat ride from the mainland will see you leave the tourist crowds behind, and emerge on a beautiful island which is wholly owned by a National Park. The key to preparing to take a holiday in self catering accommodation on Armona Island is to pack light! Remember, you will need to wheel/carry your cases from the ferry to your villa yourself!
The main activities whilst on holidays on Armona Island revolve around the sea, sand and good weather. Sunbathing and swimming are ever popular, as are numerous other water sports such as snorkelling and wind surfing. Hiking the dunes is also another good way to see the island, and if all that seems a little too energetic, then a game of cards in a restaurant or bar may be just the thing to unwind in the afternoon. Some local markets stocking fresh produce are ideal for shopping at in order to prepare your own dinner in your self catering accommodation on Armona Island.
If you would like to spend a day or two away from the island, then there are many opportunities to do so. A ferry to either the Farol (lighthouse) or Culatra Islands make good trips. If you should desire to return to the mainland, then the town of Olhao has a fascinating historic centre. Just 20 minutes away by either car or train is the town of Tavira, which has a castle to be explored, and kayaks to rent.
Situated in the southernmost part of Portugal, the Algarve, and in turn Armona Island, enjoys warm weather all year round. Boasting over 300 days of sunshine a year, the temperature rarely falls below 10 degrees Celsius, even in the coolest of winters. The months of July and August are the hottest summer months, with temperatures hitting upwards of 30 degrees Celsius. In terms of rain, the months between December and February are the wettest, with an average annual rainfall here of around 18 inches.
The nearest airport to your holiday rental villa on Armona Island, is at Faro (FAO). Flights arrive here from a number of airlines throughout Europe. As far as the UK is concerned, Ryanair, Monarch, Jet2.com and Thomson Airways offer flights to Faro from airports such as London Stansted (STN) and Edinburgh (EDI) and Bristol (BRS). To get to Armona Island, you will need to get transport from Faro to Olhao, and from there catch a ferry or water taxi.