Ria Formosa
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From Faro: Private Ria Formosa Sailing Trip

1. From Faro: Private Ria Formosa Sailing Trip

Enjoy the pleasure of sailing in a magnificent place. Visit the Ria Formosa salt marsh in the Algarve in Portugal, covering an area of about 18,400 hectares along 60 kilometers from the river Ancão to the beach of Manta Rota. In 1978, it was established as a nature reserve and at the end of 1987, it became a natural park. Most of its area corresponds to the lagoon system of the Ria Formosa, composed of islands and sandy peninsulas arranged parallel to the coast, protecting a lagoon.  At the park, discover the natural habitat of several rare species such as the common cayman, the flamingo and the round-winged eagle. Another inhabitant of the park, almost extinct in Europe, is the chameleon. Go deep inside this ecosystem, while enjoying the pleasure of sailing. If you like, the skipper will teach and mentor you on how to perform some of the sailing tasks, so you can feel like part of the crew. Choose your itinerary, and if you would like to, stop at some of the barrier islands.

The Colors of Ria Formosa: Sunset Boat Trip in Faro

2. The Colors of Ria Formosa: Sunset Boat Trip in Faro

When you’re in Portugal make sure to take this romantic tour on a comfortable pontoon boat while gazing at a beautiful sunset sinking over Portugal’s famed Ria Formosa. It is a truly memorable experience that you will want to share with someone extra special. Come see why this region was elected one of the 7 Natural Wonders of Portugal. The sunset over the Ria Formosa is a natural spectacle. Sit back, relax with your special someone and be awed by the tremendous sunset changing colors over the Ria Formosa landscape as day slowly turns into night. On this sunset boat trip the atmosphere is of course very romantic just by itself. It becomes even more so with the addition of sparkling wine for sipping.

Ria Formosa National Park Segway Tour & Seafood Lunch

3. Ria Formosa National Park Segway Tour & Seafood Lunch

Experience a maze of trails and paths in the Ludo hiking trail with an experienced guide. Follow the trails by Segway and embark on an amazing, quiet and adventurous journey. Go further and explore all that the park has to offer. Explore the wonderful Quinta do Lago condominium, one of the most expensive condominiums in Europe, and home to a lot of celebrities. Be amazed by the wealth of its incredible villas, restaurants, lakes, bars, and facilities that surround the nature reserve. Discover some of the most acclaimed food in the world in Ria Formosa. Eat a delicious seafood festival lunch at Wax RestoBar, and get an impressive view that overlooks the sea in Faro Island.

Romantic Sunset Tour in the Ria Formosa from Faro

4. Romantic Sunset Tour in the Ria Formosa from Faro

Come on board a comfortable catamaran with your soul mate in private. Follow the channels of the Ria Formosa and explore the barrier islands that form the natural reserve with a guide that will provide you relevant information. You can enjoy one stop before returning to the boat. Experience a majestic sunset in a paradise location, and escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Gaze across the tranquil lagoon as the sun dips across the horizon in radiant colors. Then, return to your original point of departure for the end of the tour.

Olhão: Private Boat Tour to Ria Formosa

5. Olhão: Private Boat Tour to Ria Formosa

Discover some of the most beautiful places at the Natural Park of Ria Formosa on this private tour with your family or friends. Embark on a private tour together with an experienced skipper that will take you to the best places of this beautiful area which is considered one of the 7 natural wonders of Portugal. Go for a swim in crystal clear waters, explore the island´s picturesque villages, or take a stroll on one of the many beautiful sandy beaches. Listen to the information your skipper can share in Portuguese, English, Spanish, and French. Benefit from a pleasant and comfortable way to explore this little paradise while enjoying cold drinks on board. The boat has capacity for 12 passengers.

From Tavira: Private Santa Luzia & Ria Formosa Tuk Tuk Tour

6. From Tavira: Private Santa Luzia & Ria Formosa Tuk Tuk Tour

Take a unique private tour of Tavira and Santa Luzia by electric tuk tuk. See the beautiful Ria Formosa, salt pans and a traditional Portuguese fishing village with your expert guide.  Start in Tavira’s salt pans, where you’ll hear about the production process of sea salt. If you’re lucky, you can spy some flamingos or storks here, too.  Then head to Santa Luzia, a traditional Portugiese fishing village. Discover its artisanal fishing materials and octopus fishing boats with your guide.  Next up is the Ria Formosa, a natural park with a lagoon system and islands. See the breathtaking flora and fauna native to this area from the tuk tuk.  And your last stop,  last stop is an old olive tree that is over 2000 years old, before heading back to Tavira via a country path.

From Albufeira: Algarve Islands, Faro, and Vilamoura Tour

7. From Albufeira: Algarve Islands, Faro, and Vilamoura Tour

Discover several of the highlights of the Algarve region all in one day. Explore the charming town of Faro, the Rio Formosa natural reserve, Vilamoura, and the islands off the coast. Start your tour with pickup from your hotel. Visit the old town of Faro, including Faro Church. Climb the church tower for sweeping views over the Ria Formosa Natural Reserve. Take a tour of its estuary, or take a taxi boat to the islands off the coast and eat freshly caught seafood. See the yachts in the Vilamoura Marina, one of the most exclusive places in the Algarve region, known for its celebrity homes. Enjoy drop-off at your hotel at the end of the tour.

From Faro: Family-Friendly Boat Trip

8. From Faro: Family-Friendly Boat Trip

Enjoy a family trip to Ria Formosa Natural Park for 1 hour. Cross the channels of the Ria Formosa, where you can observe nature and birds including storks, spoonbills, egrets, grey herons, oystercatchers, and with some luck, flamingos. When the tide is low you can watch fishermen catch seafood. The Ria Formosa is a marsh situated in the Algarve province of Portugal, which extends through the municipalities of Loulé, Faro, Olhão, Tavira and Vila Real de Santo António, covering an area of about 18,400 hectares along 60 km. 

Olhão: Sightseeing boat Tour to Ria Formosa

9. Olhão: Sightseeing boat Tour to Ria Formosa

Embark on an adventure and go on a sightseeing boat tour to Ria Formosa.  Swim in crystal clear waters, explore the picturesque villages of Armona and Culatra. Take a walk on one of the many beautiful sandy beaches and take in a unique atmosphere. Explore this beautiful area while enjoying cold drinks on board. Relax on this comfortable and private boat that has capacity for 12 passengers. Customize this private tour that you can plan with an experienced skipper. Discover some of the most beautiful places in the Natural Park of Ria Formosa on this private tour with your family or friends.

Faro: Rio Formosa Romantic Proposal Sunset Catamaran Tour

10. Faro: Rio Formosa Romantic Proposal Sunset Catamaran Tour

Sail by the Ria Formosa Natural Park, with your soulmate by your side! Propose to your partner in a beautiful scenario with petals of roses spread around her. When she says yes, you can celebrate with a nice bottle of champagne! And then return with sunset, embrace the colours changing in the sky and you'll have the best souvenir in your thoughts!

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What people are saying about Ria Formosa

In a word: great, very friendly guide, you understood him very well, very helpful, with the Segway it only went for an hour, but it was super nice. The food was awesome, a bit of everything, but no drinks, but still great

Excellent tour. We had the tour guide Richard who was fun and knowledgeable and adapted the tour based on water conditions. Would highly highly recommend

I took two TukTuk tours which were combined & convenient. Great way to visit nature, salt harvesting & to visit Santa Luzia. Enjoyed thoroughly!

Very nice guide and varied tour with delicious lunch. Recommended!

Exciting tour with experienced tranquilo guide André