3 hour Ria Formosa explore and tour Culatra, be enchanted by one of the 7 Natural Wonders of Portugal – the Ria Formosa Regions.

Surrender to the charming gracefulness of the aquatic birds and botanical views, it features a wide variety of habitats: barrier islands, marshes, sandbanks, dunes, saltpans, freshwater and brackish lakes, water courses, scrubland and farmland.Explore Ria Formosa Algarve: A Journey to the Heart of Natural BeautyJoin us on a journey to explore the Ria Formosa Algarve, a stunning nature reserve with barrier islands and bird sanctuary in Portugal. Discover its history, wildlife, and unique eco-system.The Ria Formosa is located in the southern region of Portugal, is a hidden gem waiting to be discovered by nature enthusiasts and outdoor lovers. This incredible nature reserve and bird sanctuary boasts a rich history, diverse wildlife, and a unique eco-system that makes it one of the most important wetlands in Europe. Join us , as we will delve into the world of the Ria Formosa  & give you a glimpse into what makes this place so special.

Tour Plan

Check-in 15 min before departure

Go to the check-in desk at our office and present your ticket to the assistant.

♦  Boarding

Follow the instructions given at check-in and present your boarding pass to the Majestic Adventure crew.

♦  Explore the Faro Islands 

As we approach the islands and beaches we see the lighthouse of the Culatra Island where we make our first stop.

Culatra Island

Looking around you will observe the hard work of the people in the oysters and clams farms. A closer look towards the coastline and you will see the majestic town of Olhão – powerful fishing village. Looking out towards the ocean you will see one of the most important sea entrances of the Ria Formosa.

Coastal Views

Make sure you have your camera at the ready as we slowly return up the coastline towards Vilamoura marina passing the renowned Vale Do Lobo , millionaires paradise.

Return to Vilamoura Marina

The return trip allows you to sit back, relax and enjoy the best scenery in the Algarve.

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Explore Ria Formosa Algarve

Explore Ria Formosa Algarve: Discover the Beauty of Portugal’s Natural Park

Explore Ria Formosa Algarve, a stunning natural park located in Portugal. Learn about the ecosystems and wildlife that make this area so special and make plans to visit soon to experience its beauty for yourself.


Ria Formosa Algarve is a magnificent natural park located in Portugal, along the east coast of the country. This stretch of land has become renowned for its beauty, as well as its incredible assortment of ecosystems and wildlife. Put it on your list of places to explore, as you won’t want to miss out on all this stunning area has to offer.

The history of Ria goes back centuries, with archaeological evidence suggesting human habitation in the area from around 5500 BC. It wasn’t until 1972 however, that it was declared an Ecological Reserve, one year later becoming titled a Natural Park by Portuguese Law. Since then there has been large conservation efforts carried out by both local governments and numerous organizations; these have successfully been able to maintain what makes Ria so spectacularly unique.

Together we’ll explore further into the reasons why you might want to visit Ria Formosa Algarve and some tips and hints on how best to experience it when you arrive.

The Ecosystems at Ria Formosa Algarve

Ria comprises several distinct habitats that are home to wide range of species and wildlife found nowhere else in the world – making it an ideal destination for those wanting to truly experience nature’s wonders up close. These include brackish lagoons, sheltered islands within sandbanks and marshlands where countless migrating birds flock too each year during springtime breeding seasons (April- June). Inland areas also feature oak groves alongside open farmland pastures – creating an incredibly diverse ecosystem throughout park boundaries itself!

There are many ways visitors can explore these different habitats – such as boat excursions or cycling along dedicated paths – but no matter which one they choose they’re sure not be disappointed by what they find when they reach their destination!

Wildlife Spotting at Explore Ria Formosa Algarve

The wildlife spotting opportunities at Explore Ria Formosa Algarve are simply amazing – with more than 500 species being recorded throughout parks boundaries! These include over 120 different types of birds (ranging from ducks and geese, flamingos and egrets); mammals like wildcats, foxes, badgers; reptiles like lizards; amphibians like frogs (and even some very rarely seen tree frogs) – as well as countless other invertebrates like mollusks who live underwater! There’s something here for everyone – whether they’re after more rare species or just looking for their next photo opportunity!

Tips For Visiting Explore Ria Formosa Algarve

If you’re planning on visiting Explore Ria Formosa Algarve it is important that you ensure your prepared if you wish to have greatest chance at seeing everything whilst maintaining safety yourself & others around too! Make sure bring sunscreen & insect repellent with plenty drinking water/snacks too – especially if travelling during hotter months (July- August). Also wear appropriate clothing such Hats/sunglasses etc , suitable footwear walking distances may need covered if exploring inland areas via foot trails etc… Additionally try avoid entering water unless properly trained / experienced swimming so stay safe whilst enjoying best parts park has offer them!

FAQS About Exploring  Ria Formosa Algarve

What is the best time of year to visit  Ria Formosa Algarve ? The best time of year generally coincides with migratory bird migration times during mid spring months (April-June), though summer months can also be enjoyable due to sunnier weather conditions provided visitors take precautions such using sunscreen& insect repellent etc…


It’s easy to see why  Ria Formosa Algarve is such a popular destination – between its stunning landscapes exquisite array ecosystems sheltered within boundaries this truly magical place beckon every explorer long forgotten depths beauty Portugal’s natural space !

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