Dolphin & Whale Watching
Going to visit Ria Formosa? Discover the best things to do on your trip to the Algarve. Top tours, travel tips and verified reviews!
Ria Formosa - Dolphin & Whale Watching
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.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Is it possible to go to the beach in Ria Formosa?
Yes. Since the Ria Formosa is made up of 5 islands, there are several beaches along which you can take a dive.
What areas are part of the Ria Formosa?
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.
How to visit Ria Formosa?
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.
Are there Restaurants on the islands that make up Ria Formosa?
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.
Are there any restrictions on activities and outings in Ria Formosa regarding children?
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.