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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"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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"Very good trip ! We enjoyed it ! Guide was good!"
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"Un magnifique moment passé en famille. Carlos est simplement très agréable et c'est assez rare de rencontrer des personnes aussi serviables auprès des touristes. Et ce lieux est superbe, on en garde forcément un souvenir émerveillé. Obrigado para tudo."
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"Nous avons fait une croisière sur les îles de Ria Formosa, nous étions accompagnés par Carlos qui est super gentil. C’est un guide fabuleux ; en arrivant sur l’île Culatra, il nous a très gentiment indiqué un restaurant où nous pouvions déjeuner tranquillement et dans lequel nous nous sommes régalés de poisson frais : un délice! Il nous a bien expliqué ce que l’on voyait. Les îles sont vraiment belles. Je recommande vraiment cette croisière ; nous avons passé un inoubliable après-midi. Obrigada Carlos !! :)"

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