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Land of working people, fishermen and shellfishers, canneries and famous for its always fresh fish and shellfish.
The economy of this land is based in particular on the export of fish and shellfish, the latter representing about 80% in the country.
Characteristic in the world for its natural beauty of islands and peninsulas and extending along 60kms we find the wonderful paradisiac islands like Island of the Barreta, Island of Culatra, Island of the Armona, Island of Tavira and Island of Cabanas. The Island of Faro that is inserted in the peninsula of the Ancão and finally the peninsula of Cacela.
It has an area of ​​18 thousand hectares and was considered as a Natural Park from 1987.
More recently as one of the 7 Natural Wonders of Portugal and a protected area.
This wetland, unique in the country, makes it the ideal habitat for all the flora and fauna of the region.
It is also an obligatory nook for several migratory birds, housing rare species in Portugal as well as the Camão or Galinha sultana, bird chosen as a symbol of the Natural Park.
Homeland of legends and stories that enchant all that pass here.
So let yourself be enchanted by our boat trips or caíque and come to be part of our history !!

Dolphin Watching now Available!

Join us and come and watch these spectacular mammals in their natural habitat!


Tours from € 10 / person

Come and see the Ria Formosa, join us on an incredible tour! Get to know all kinds of activities that we have for you.

passeio ria formosa olhao

Tours of 1h30m


Walking tour

Stroll through the old town of Olhão, learn about the history of the legends and taste a sweet in a local factory, go through the museum and the emblematic fish and fruit market.

Boat ride

Visit the sea front of Olhão, the fishing port, the water mill and walk through the channel of the island of Armona.
An unforgettable ride!

Tours of 2h30m

Island Route

Drive through the Ria Formosa and visit with stops to the islands of Deserta and Culatra.

Ecotour / Birdwatching

Walk on the narrow canals of the Ria for observation of rare birds and the diverse marine fauna.

Nursery Route

Visit the natural nursery of shellfish and shellfish and see how the traditional clam chowder is made.

Join us!

ria formosa experience

Theme Tours

Visit to 3 Islands

Extraordinary tour to the islands of Culatra, Lighthouse and Desert and enjoy a typical lunch on Culatra Island.


Fishing in the Ria Formosa with reeds and bait included – Pre-reservation required

Boat rental

Boats to rent with skipper and gasoline – Pre-booking required

Come on!