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Ria Formosa Natural Park

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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Beautiful place!! Nice environment, cool to see the birthsanctuary hut and the mill at the waterside. beautiful sights

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank annamaraeline
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Walked the Ria Formosa many times all from different points. It’s a peaceful setting with astonishing wildlife. We have been very lucky as on every visit we have seen the pink flamingos take off and land. A site to behold. It’s a must do if...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank UkHarrypotter2010
Reviewed 1 week ago

We recently spent a half day here with a local guide. We saw many different and interesting bird species. We also learned about much of the local vegetation, salt ponds etc. It is a easy walk for 3-4 hours but ensure you bring sunscreen as...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank KitchenerJoey
Reviewed 1 week ago

Before visiting the Natural Park I thought it would be something special. But it was mainly desert and flat nature with some birds. Going by boat saved my day.

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank Ingrid49_12
Reviewed 1 week ago

paying at the entrance and parking behing the entrance inside. you get a plan for a short and a longer walk.it takes ca. 1 hour. we did not spot may birds. some nearby a small waterplace. it was hardly to find the park. direction harbour...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank anne-cisca
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This entry is rather confusing as it contains post about both the wider Rio Formosa Natural Park and the specific Quinta de Marim area near Olhao. The Rio Formosa Natural Park is a large area stretching from Anção, near Almancil, eastwards as far as Vila...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank TJCLeicester
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We hada wonderful time over the last 2 weeks cycling along the coast we have seen loads of differenr birds. Highlights are flocks of flamingos, kingfishers, storks, curlew, little grebe, egret, oyster cathers etc

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank John I
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

It poured weh we went, but on a nice day you could take a picnic and turn into a day or half a day out - biggish plot with trees lakes and dilapidated buildings. A ancient well, roman ruins (salt pans) bird watching huts etc....More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank A_Einrip
Reviewed 9 February 2019 via mobile

We had a great tour with Francisco learning about the Ria and the birds 🦅 We also went to two of the islands 🌴 and on the way back had a great sunset 🌇

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank FlyingScotsman73
Reviewed 9 February 2019

The Park is an enclosed area (entry a couple of euros per person including parking) comprising a number of habitats - salt lagoons, freshwater lake, pine woodland, scrubland - with a visitor centre (closed at lunchtime and Sundays) and a picnic area. The toilets are...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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Jon T
15 April 2018|
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Response from Ken W | Reviewed this property |
Sorry to be tardy with a reply - been to Portugal for some sun! Yes you can just walk into Jesmond Dene at any of several points. No charges and a nice place to spend a few hours - even better if you have kids, they'll love... More
15 October 2017|
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Response from bdenhow | Reviewed this property |
Fuseta is part of the Ria Formosa which stretches from near Quartiera in the west to beyond Tavira in the east. You can ferry to one of the islands from there. The Ria Formosa estuary is a labyrinth of canals, islands... More