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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"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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