Ilha das Cabanas
Island in the Ria Formosa opposite Tavira
Ilha das Cabanas opposite Tavira is the most eastern of the islands of the Ria Formosa that extends from Faro to Cacela Velha east of Tavira, protecting the unique lagoon system against the rough Atlantic Ocean.
The island Ilha das Cabanas stretches from Tavira to the golf course Quinta da Ria near the picturesque village of Cacela Velha. The beach Praia de Cabanas-Mar is located opposite the little village Cabanas de Tavira, which dates back to the glorious times of tuna fishing in the Algarve. The lagoon here is quite narrow and can be swum across at low tide. There is also a boat that goes from the coast to the island.