Ria Formosa

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Have you ever been to 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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"Pudim was a great host and he fed us a wealthy bounty of information about the islands history and he taught us about the local food and recommended good places to go."
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"We spent the whole afternoon on this pleasant boat, visiting 4 interesting islands off the coast of Faro and it was a lovely day. Some islands are almost deserted but most have cute cafeterias to light snacking. Our captain was very knowledgeable & nice guy to be with."
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"Great trip with excellent guide. Peaceful walk on Desert Island, good trip for bird watchers. Can recommend."
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"Elle visite du parc naturel Formosa.. Le programme est sympa dommage que on ne reste pas un peu plus longtemps sur l île desertha histoire de profiter de la baignade et de la plage à peu près seul. Le village de pêcheur est beau et je ne peux conseiller de manger des huîtres qui sont vraiment vraiment délicieuse.. Le guide très sympa et une journée ensoleillé nous a comblé dans notre journée"
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"The 4 island tour was great. Our guide was informative and the stops were interesting. A good experience"
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"Excellent day out from Faro. Took around 5 hours, and visited the 4 islands amazing beaches"

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