The Ria Formosa lagoon, is located in the Algarve is a system of barrier islands that communicates with the sea through six inlets. Ria Formosa is situated between Faro and Tavira and it is a protect nature area
That historically supported a food system for the district inhabitants based on shell harvesting and seafood farms.
The Ria Formosa is a resting area for hundreds of different birds during the spring and autumn migratory periods.
The most important cities near the Ria Formosa are Tavira, Faro and Olhão.
The Ria Formasa supports many different habitats such as the barrier-islands, marshes, tidal flats, islets, dunes, saltpans, fresh water lagoons, agricultural areas and woodlands which hold a an impressive diversity of flora and fauna. It is a paradise for bird watchers and nature fanatics.
It is also part of the Natura 2000 Network. This is one of the most important areas for aquatic birds in Portugal, hosting on a regular basis more than 20,000 birds during the wintering period. The area is also very important as stop-over point in the migration routes between Europe and Africa and it provides shelter for rare species in Portugal such as the Purple Swamphen, the symbol of this Natural Park and for other emblematic species like the colorful flamingos.
On this Nature Park we can find other endangered species such as the chameleon – a reptile that only exists in the south of Portugal and the seahorse, where we have one of the largest populations of seahorses in the world.
It is also a very important place in the busy Algarve for a quiete ecotourism experience and this can be in various forms.
Sailing Boat discovery of Ria Formosa
A sailing boat discovery of Ria Formosa accompanied by a professional skipper is the perfect way to get to see and know the natural park of Ria Formose with the starting point at the Faro marine. It is a perfect family or friends activity that can be done everyday the entire year round.
Duration: 4 h
– 09:00 a.m.
Price/ Trip: 145,00 €
Minimum: 1 participant
Maximum: 4 participants
Departures – Faro
– Doca de Recreio de Faro
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