Ria Formosa
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From Albufeira: Half-Day Shopping Trip to Faro

1. From Albufeira: Half-Day Shopping Trip to Faro

Travel from your hotel in Faro to Albufeira with this convenient transport service. Experience the shops and restaurants in the charming old town. Get picked up from your hotel, or a nearby location. Relax, as you are driven to Faro, the largest city in Algarve. Get the chance to visit the many local shops in the busy center. Take in the vibe as you stroll along the vibrant marina. Marvel at the architecture of historic buildings such as the Sé Cathedral. Explore the restaurants and the historic part of the town in the old city walls. Admire views of the Ria Formosa lagoon.

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Algarve: Off-the-Beaten-Path Day Trip

2. Algarve: Off-the-Beaten-Path Day Trip

Explore the hidden gems and secret sites of the Algarve on this day trip. Have an unforgettable experience as you tour incredible landscapes, traditional fishing villages, ancient towns, and the charming countryside of Algarve. Your day trip begins with an interesting visit to a salt pan. See how the finest salt in Portugal is produced, be dazzled by the brightness of the neat rows of salt pans, and learn about the age-old tradition in the area. Afterward, appreciate the natural beauty of the Ria Formosa estuary, a wide expanse of canals, marshlands, and sandbanks. The natural park serves as an important passage area to numerous species of migrating birds between North Europe and Africa and is a paradise for birdwatchers. Your next stop is Olhão, a traditional fishing village, known for its cube-shaped white-washed houses that contrast with the golden sands and the blue sky and sea. Here, have an opportunity to explore the famous market with its big selection of fish. After visiting the market, break for a local lunch at a restaurant and be delighted by the freshness of the fish served. After lunch, pass by the tiny, traditional fishing village of Santa Luzia to see the interesting pots used to catch octopus. Your next stop is Tavira, where you can climb the castle walls to see the best views of the area. Have the chance to cross the pedestrian Roman Bridge, originating in the 3rd-century, and visit at least one of the town’s 22 churches. Your final stop will be at a small village in the countryside to visit an olive oil mill. While here you will be able to learn the secrets of its production, followed by a tasting of the exquisite produce.

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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.

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From Faro: 2-Island, 2-Stop Ria Formosa Catamaran Tour

4. From Faro: 2-Island, 2-Stop Ria Formosa Catamaran Tour

On this 3-hour tour in a comfortable catamaran through the most beautiful waters of the Algarve, always with professional guide telling you about the fauna and flora of Ria Formosa Natural Park.  Discover the two main islands of Deserta Island, 11 kilometers of beach at the southern most point of Portugal and Farol Island, a holiday island with a lighthouse. Cross the channels of Ria Formosa Natural Park until Deserta Island, where you will make a 45 minute stop, then travel to Farol Island with another 45 minute stop to see the lighthouse and its community. During the tour, observe the resident birds and when the tide lowers, the shellfish.

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From Fuzeta: 2-Hour Southeast Ria Formosa Boat Trip

5. From Fuzeta: 2-Hour Southeast Ria Formosa Boat Trip

Discover the Natural Park of Ria Formosa, Portugal's 7th natural wonder, and its wildlife and culture on this boat trip.  Departing from Fuseta, travel to an oyster and lamb farm, where you will learn more about the park's fishing and agriculture industry. Along the way, don't forget to keep an eye out for migratory birds making their way to their new home. Enjoy an explanation of Ria Formosa's native bird species and other wildlife from your guide. Your next stop will be Armona Island. Here, enjoy a cup of coffee or go for a swim in the island's crystal clear waters before heading back to Fuseta.

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What people are saying about Ria Formosa

Highly recommended trip

Thank to the off-season, we spent a pleasant, romantic 3-hour trip in Ria Formosa. As only we took part in the morning tour (my husband and me), we have the opportunity to enjoy the full attention of the captain. He was very kind, and helpful, answered all of our questions, and told interesting stories for us. The lagoon itself is marvelous. We preferred the desert island, altough Farol was also almost empty in this season.

Great Fun Trip

Had a fabulous trip with Skipper Nuno, informative, entertaining, patient. Loved the two islands and it was a great time to see them when they were quiet. Isla Deserta really was almost deserted!! Lived Farol too. The bird spotting, explanation of the fauna etc was also really good

It exceeded expectations. Very easy Segway adaptation, excellent tour and discoveries in the National Park provided by the excellent guide André. To end with the seafood bush in front of the beach. Full day!

Loved it! Super nice and helpful guides with a sense of humor:) Amazing and breathtaking views. Can recommend it to everybody!

Exciting tour with experienced tranquilo guide André