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.

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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"Es war eine schöne Bootfahrt, und was ich sehr aufmerksam fand, dass jeder ein Fernglas.bekam. Prima Service!"
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"Fantastic 2 hour tour of Ria Formosa last Thursday. We were the only 2 customers on the boat so our skipper/guide Paulo really tailored the whole experience to our interests. He’s a trained marine biologist and gave us great insight into the ecology of the area. We got numerous photo opportunities and great bird sightings despite the unusually high tide. He found several flamingoes which I have always wanted to see, and even pointed out an osprey (another first for me). Altogether a most enjoyable experience which we look forwards to repeating next time we are in the area."
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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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"Excellent service and exceptionally nice guide. Kids really enjoyed the trip . Would recommend for couples or families"
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"First time on a segway, but it was very easy to control. Instructor was very helpful and described some local stories. Beautiful location, and this is a fabulous way of going throw it. Highly recommended!"
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"The Ria Formosa Nature trip is fantastic and the service is excellent. The Katamaran is very comfortable."

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