The Wonders of Ria Formosa: Today we offer you the opportunity of discovering one of the less known areas of the eastern Algarve! First we visit Olhão - a traditional fishing village, renowned for the cube-shaped white-washed houses, contrasting with the golden sands and the blue sky and sea. Here you have an opportunity to explore the famous market with its huge selection of fish.
After visiting Olhão it is time to get on a boat and start our wonderful boat trip along the Ria Formosa! The Algarve has much to offer it’s visitors – a wonderful climate, golden beaches, tree-cloaked mountains, cosmopolitan resorts. . . Less well known perhaps is the fact that the Algarve is also one of Europe’s most fascinating areas from an ecological and ornithological perspective.
We propose an unforgettable visit along the waterways of the Ria Formosa Natural Park. This park is one of the most impressive in Europe with a rich and varied flora and fauna. It extends approximately 18,400 ha. , and is one of the most ecologically interesting areas in the Algarve with its abundance of tiny islands, lagoons and meandering waterways. Due to a happy coincidence of climatic and geographic factors the park is home to many types of aquatic birds which migrate from Northern and central Europe - including some rare species. It also boasts a wide diversity of marine life. It is for these reasons that the park is one of the most important and respected in Europe.
During this cruise along these scenic waterways you can see the peaceful beauty of some of the better known islands of this region. A stop is made in one of these Islands where you can enjoy a stroll along the pristine sands, enjoy the sunshine and marvel at the natural sculptures of the sand dunes. See old traditional style fishing cabins, salt flats and of course many species of birds including egrets, buzzards and – perhaps – the rare Purple Gallinule, symbol of the park. If you wish, you can also enjoy delicious lunch, served in one of the typical Restaurants in the island (lunch not included). An unforgettable day is guaranteed!
Meeting/pick-up point: Pick-up from different hotels. First pick-up from Olhão.
Duration: 6 hours.
Start/opening time: At 9.45am (departure from last hotel).
End/closing time: At 4pm.
Languages: Portuguese, Spanish, English and German.