Ria Formosa

The Ria Formosa is a natural system on the Algarve coast, and has one of the richest and most interesting geologies, floras and faunas of Europe.

It has about 18,400 hectares, and 60km of extension between Ancão and Manta Rota areas. It partially covers the municipalities of Loulé, Faro, Olhão, Tavira and Vila Real de St. António. Contains beaches, five barrier islands (Deserta or Barreta, Culatra, Armona, Tavira and Cabanas), two peninsulas (Ancão and Cacela), islets, and largely marshland and lagoon areas, covered by a dense network of water channels with an average depth of 2m.

Ria Formosa Natural Park provides the most pleasant boat experience with the most beautiful views in Algarve and the best and large sheltered water plan to rest and forget your daily routine.

This Portuguese region hides a real natural paradise where fauna and flora coexist in perfect harmony and with wonderful white sand desert beaches and crystalline water bays.

All those who love the sun, sea and sand, will encounter genuine paradises in the islands located in the Ria Formosa estuary.

However, you can find some traditional Portuguese kitchen restaurants with the best sea food and the fresher fish in the world.

Near cities, Faro and Olhão, are a non-tourist classic cities – you can find them almost like it’s original way. Here you can visit the Faro “Old Town” or a colored traditional market in Olhão.

  1. Faro
  2. Quinta do Lago, Golf and Resort
  3. Faro beach (barrinha)
  4. Deserta Island
  5. Farol Island
  6. Culatra fishing village and beach
  7. Olhão
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Ria Formosa Map