Twenty minutes from Faro, but a world away…

In the heart of Portugal’s Algarve region lies Fuseta, a charming fishing village that has captured the imagination of travellers and travel journalists alike.

It was the first entry in The Guardian’s ‘23 Great Travel Ideas for 2023‘, while The Washington Post listed it as an ideal off-season location to visiti, Fuseta offers a blend of untouched beauty, rich history, and authentic Portuguese culture.

Fuseta is often visited by Portuguese and foreign TV crews, but in 2022, German broadcaster ARD TV brought an entirely new dimension to Fuseta’s TV presence. Lost in Fuseta, starring Jan Krauter and Eva Meckbach was filmed in the village and surrounding area. Based on the best-selling books by Gil Ribeiro, the Lost in Fuseta series continues to be filmed locally as more books of the series are brought to teh small screen.

Fuseta is slightly bigger than a village, but smaller than a town, a tranquil haven, with its whitewashed houses, serene beaches, and vibrant local life, is in a sense, a way to experience the Algarve as it once was.

A Glimpse into Fuseta’s Past

Fuseta, or Fuzeta as it’s sometimes spelled, has a history deeply intertwined with the sea. Originally a collection of fishermen’s huts, the village grew in the 18th century as a hub for tuna and sardine fishing. Fishermen still use the huts, though renovated, you can see them almost every day, repairing nets and preparing for the day ahead at sea.

Fishermans huts in Fuseta

The old Life Guard station, a testament to the village’s maritime heritage, stands as a reminder of the dangers and rewards the ocean brought to its inhabitants. Today, while the fishing industry remains, tourism gently complements Fuseta’s economy, introducing visitors to its laid-back lifestyle without overshadowing its traditional charm.

Getting to Fuseta

Fuseta is easily accessible from Faro, the Algarve’s capital. A mere 30-minute drive separates Faro’s international airport from this idyllic retreat. For those preferring public transport, regular train services from Faro to Fuseta take approximately 40 minutes, offering a scenic route along the Algarve’s picturesque coastline.

Where to Stay

Fuseta’s accommodation options range from traditional guesthouses to luxurious villas, catering to all tastes and budgets. A small number of apartment blocks have been over the last few years, though it is teh first Formosa Village that is preferred by many visitors as they are larger than the newer blocks, and all the top floor penthouses have huge roof terraces.

Other accomodation includes the Estudios Salinas and for a real novelty, there is a selection of house-boats available, which are moored just off the coast, beside one of the small islands in the estuary.


Things to Do and Notable Sights

Explore the Ria Formosa Natural Park

Fuseta serves as a gateway to the Ria Formosa, a series of saltwater lagoons and islands that are a haven for birdwatchers and nature lovers. Boat tours are available at the harbour, almost all year, and they’re an ideal way to discover secluded beaches and the park’s diverse ecosystems.

Visit the Old Life Guard Station

Though no longer in operation, the old Life Guard station is a must-visit for history enthusiasts, offering insights into the village’s maritime past and the brave souls who watched over its waters. It’s a modernist masterpiece, and was the life-guard headquarters for the region, and funds have been set aside to help reinvigorate it.

Relax on Fuseta’s Beaches

Fuseta’s beaches are its crown jewels. Praia da Fuseta, accessible by a short ferry ride, boasts crystal-clear waters and golden sands, ideal for sunbathing, swimming, and escaping the crowds.

Culinary Delights: Where to Eat

Fuseta’s culinary scene is a reflection of its fishing heritage. For an authentic taste of the Algarve, head to Restaurante A Lota, where fresh seafood and traditional dishes like “cataplana” (seafood stew) are expertly prepared.

Café Corvo offers a a similarly casual setting, perfect for enjoying grilled sardines with a view of the harbour. While the Borda d’Água, is literally on the beach and opens at 9am for breakfast. It overlooks the calm ocean, but is often packed around 6pm, as the sunset from this viewpoint is breathtaking.

Kebab at La Plage in Fuseta

What to do

Kayaking and Stand-Up Paddleboarding

The calm waters of the Ria Formosa are ideal for kayaking and stand-up paddle-boarding. Rentals and guided tours are available, providing a unique perspective of Fuseta’s natural beauty.


The Ria Formosa is a sanctuary for migratory birds. Don your binoculars and keep an eye out for flamingos, spoonbills, and the rare purple swamphen.

Local Markets

Fuseta’s two monthlu markets are a treasure trove of fresh produce, seafood, and artisanal goods. Located just off the main entrance road, they’re vibrant and ideal to interact with locals and sample the region’s flavours.


Fuseta, with its blend of natural beauty, historical richness, and cultural vibrancy, offers a unique slice of the Algarve away from the hustle and bustle of more touristy destinations.

Whether you’re seeking relaxation on pristine beaches, adventures in nature, or a deep dive into Portuguese culinary traditions, Fuseta promises an unforgettable experience. As the world begins to recognise this hidden gem, now is the perfect time to explore Fuseta and discover all that it has to offer.