Ria Formosa

Ria Formosa: Top Tours & Activities

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About Ria Formosa

The Ria Formosa lagoon, located in the Algarve, in southern Portugal, is a system of barrier islands that communicates with the sea through six inlets. Five of these inlets are natural and have mobility characteristics. You can visit during the whole year, since the waters are naturally protected by the islands sand and flora. Exploring Ria Formosa by kayak or small boat is a must and you will love to discover what each island has to offer. If you like to observe the birds and maritime life, Ria Formosa is also one of the best places in the world due to the diversity of resident species. If the reason for the visit is botanical, the area is of great interest, especially for the vegetation of the dune and marsh areas; if it is from the point of view of fauna, the interest is not less, since it is a place of passage of migratory birds between North Africa and Europe and wintering place of birds from the North and Center of the European continent. The cayman or hen-sultana is the emblem of the park and one of the rarest species in Europe, living only in Spain and Portugal, here in the Formosa rim and at the mouth of the Quarteira river. Flamingos, round-winged eagles, galinholas and ranchers are other birds that can be observed here. But you can also "chase" chameleons, privileged inhabitants of the park, almost extinct in Europe!

What People Are Saying

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"Très belle journée passée en compagnie de Carlos notre guide du jour! Un incontournable quand nous sommes à Faro ! Merci beaucoup !"
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"Well organized and we ere able to enjoy Ria Formosa natural park on our own way. There are some impressive beaches and kayak is the best way to get there. Recommended!"
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"Very good trip ! We enjoyed it ! Guide was good!"
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"we tried 2 times to see dolphins with different companies and we understand it's not guaranteed...but after this trip I understand that many companies are just tourist traps...here, no caves or anything but just a nature lover (alfredo) who loves to explain you about dolphins and who respect them a lot....even when we found them, we stayed 20,30 min to not stress them while other boats would even follow them if they swim away from you...so in the end, they recognise boats from their noise....and will go more easily near the boats who never bothered them.....like the one of alfredo ! so we have seen dolphins, but even if we wouldn't have seen any, I would have put 5 because I could compare with other companies.....and they were the most respectful of nature, animals...it deserves to be said! thank you !"
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"Did the Ria Formosa tour today with Nelson as our guide. We were a group of 5 and a mix of adults and children (youngest 10). The whole experience was great from start to finish, very welcoming, helped us to build confidence on the segways and took time to point things out, from the white flamingo to the carob to the multitude of golf balls in one area. The ride is really safe and seeing the houses of the rich and famous was really interesting! Everyone in the group loved it and we will definitely be back for one of the other tours next time we are in Portugal. Thank you!"
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"Nous avons pris le bateau au départ d Olhão et nous avons navigué 3,5 heures et demi avec des escales sur les îles. C’était fabuleux et merci beaucoup à notre skipper Carlos qui a été super !!!! À faire"

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