Ria Formosa Natural Park

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Considered the Algarve’s great natural wonder, Ria Formosa Natural Park with an area of 18.400 hectares extends for 60 Km from Ancão Beach to Cacela Velha. This unique lagoon system in constant mutation, is protected from the ocean by dune strings shaped from peninsulas and barrier islands and also composed by salines, beaches, rivers and creeks.


Ria Formosa is a wetland which recreates the perfect habitat for a diversified flora and fauna. It’s a paradise for birdwatching lovers, fertile area for fishes and shellfish, plenty of agricultural lands, woods, as well as endangered species like chameleon and seahorse.

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Ria Formosa Natural Park

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Ria Formosa Natural Park recreates the perfect habitat for hundreds of migratory birds species that had choosen the area as a nesting site. It’s an amazing place for birdwatching beautiful species as the pink flamingo or the purple swamphen.


The walking lovers can enjoy the sun and the amazing weather wandering barefoot in the islands or just trying some walking tours, namely the Desert Island Hiking Tour in an elevated wooden walkway, framing an breathtaking landscape.


The Ria Formosa Natural Park is fruitful in wildlife and there are countless species you can watch while having fun in our Ria Formosa boat tours, like fishes, shellfish, the wonderful sea horses or the lovely chameleon that you can only find the Algarve.


Algarve is well known by its amazing beaches, white sand, warm waters and lots of sun. Ria formosa islands beaches are no exception, so you can enjoy swim in the ocean or sunbath during your tour.

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Ria Formosa Islands and Stop Spots

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Ria Formosa boat tours to enjoy nature

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Ria Formosa Islands

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Farol Island

Farol Island in Ria Formosa spreads in a vast sand beach, bathed by clean warm water. The island name is due to the Santa Maria Cape lighthouse, built in 1851. It’s possible to fish in the pontoon and try the delicious fish and the beach is great place to relax, have fun and enjoy a sunbath facing the sea.

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Desert Island

A singular paradise, the Desert Island in Ria Formosa invites to tranquility and quietness due to its transparent waters, white sand beaches and no residents in the island. Enjoy the sea and the sun, and do not miss the fresh fish and seafood at the marvellous Estaminé Restaurant.

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Culatra Island

Culatra Island in Ria Formosa is a fishermen thorp with great fish and seafood restaurants, an ideal place to wander. Take the chance to visit the church, the school and meet local people. Farol Island is nearby and it’s a unique spot to rest or to walk and enjoy the sun and the ocean.