Ria Formosa

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Have you ever been to Ria Formosa?

One of the main places in Portugal and a point of reference in the Algarve, Ria Formosa is a lagoon complex composed of 2 peninsulas and 5 islands. This Algarvian paradise is even one of the 7 natural wonders of Portugal!

The Ria Formosa stands out for its fauna and flora, being a natural habitat for several species of birds that live here and that you can observe.

With 60 kilometers of coastline that extend through the municipalities of Loulé, Faro, Olhão, Tavira and Vila Real de Santo António, Ria Formosa has a unique natural landscape that in total represents an area of ​​about 18 thousand hectares!

In this beautiful natural paradise, where approximately 20 thousand water birds live, you can do various activities, and below we will list a top 5 to serve as a reference point for how to explore this wonder!

It should also be noted, for the knowledge of the reader, that the 5 islands and 2 peninsulas that make up the Ria Formosa are: Armona Island, Tavira Island, Cabanas Island, Desert Island, Culatra Island, Ancão Peninsula and Cacela Peninsula.

Top 5 Things To Do In Ria Formosa

1 - Bird Watching

One of the main characteristics of the Ria Formosa: its fauna and flora. Here you can see thousands of bird species in their natural habitat. Take the challenge of trying to find the one that seems most rare!

2 - Beaches

The beaches that make up the Ria Formosa are absolutely magnificent. Of the 5 islands that are part of the Ria Formosa, just choose one, as they will all dazzle you.

3 - Dolphin Watching

Take a boat tour and watch the dolphins living and taking their always impressive dives! You should take advantage of the calm that this experience promotes.

4 - Hiking

Explore the Ria Formosa in the most free and adventurous way possible: through a walk along its various trails. Feel the nature and absorb its calm.

5 - Segway ride

Certainly a different experience, but guaranteed to be fun! Take a guided Segway tour to explore the vast, natural and beautiful Ria Formosa!

Frequently Asked Questions

Yes. Since the Ria Formosa is made up of 5 islands, there are several beaches along which you can take a dive.

The Ria Formosa stretches along a significant part of the Algarve coast, passing through 5 municipalities, these being Loulé, Faro, Olhão, Tavira and Vila Real de Santo António. Then there are also 5 islands: Ilha da Armona, Ilha de Tavira, Ilha de Cabanas, Ilha Deserta and Ilha da Culatra.

There are several ways to do this. You can explore the Ria Formosa in a free and independent way, for example with hiking or cycling through several trails, or choose a guided tour and visit it, for example, by boat.

Yes. In all the islands that make up Ria Formosa there is at least one restaurant, making each island have the ideal conditions for a complete and perfect day.

No. All tourist activities promoted are completely safe for children, with only natural attention being recommended in some of them, for example, on boat tours.

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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