Ria Formosa

Kayaking & SUP Tours

Going to visit Ria Formosa? Discover the best things to do on your trip to the Algarve. Top tours, travel tips and verified reviews!

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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

"Even in the winter time, (we did the tour in December) it is a great experience. We had approximately 17°, of course the legs got wet but with a rain jacket and the sun, it was not to cold. We had a great guide (i think his name was something like Lauro), who was very experienced, he took good care of us and had a great knowledge about the area and the animals."
"Well organized and we ere able to enjoy Ria Formosa natural park on our own way. There are some impressive beaches and kayak is the best way to get there. Recommended!"
"Very nice activity in a beautifull environment . We had a very friendly guide! Definately worth to do thuis activity if u like naturel"
"I went on a kayaking trip with my girlfriend with David. You need to ensure you agree a time when there is a low tide to get the most out of your trip (we were lucky!). David was an excellent guide. Very friendly, knowledgeable and engaging and the 2 hour tour was the perfect length. I think it would be difficult to know where to go without a guide."
"What might look at first like a flat expanse of mud and water, to the untrained eye, becomes an amazing wonderland waiting to be explored when you're with one of Lands's brilliant guides. My partner and I spent a fun afternoon kayaking in the lagoon with Francisco, who was very entertaining and clearly knew his stuff. His sense of humour and obvious enjoyment of his job made our experience one to remember."
"Note du 10/10 Ou du 20/20 C'est comme on veut !!! Excellente explication de l'excursion par Hélèna à la réservation à Olhao. Puis Victor et Guillaume au top niveau pour les 5h d'excursions souriants agréables de vrais pros Des explications claires avec un bon parlé français pour Guillaume. Recommandations pour le déjeuner à l'assos des pêcheurs... Un délice pur les papilles. Un GRAND MERCI À EUX TOUS."

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