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

"Très belle journée passée en compagnie de Carlos notre guide du jour! Un incontournable quand nous sommes à Faro ! Merci beaucoup !"
"Very good trip ! We enjoyed it ! Guide was good!"
"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."
"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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