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Ria Formosa Natural Park

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“natural park”(19 reviews)
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All reviews tidal mill natural park magpie ria formosa bird life fiddler crabs the reserve bird watchers salt marsh old mill quinta do lago few hours pleasant walk unusual birds wild flowers interpretive center saw lots of wildlife
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We had hired some bikes and we cycled from Olhao port to the park. We paid €3.20 each to get in. The guy at the entrance was very helpful, gave us a map and explained what was worth seeing. We cycled in the park for...More

Thank FMSh
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Under three euros entrance fee taken by a very helpful man who gave us a map and made sure we knew which way to start out on one of the marked walks and where the bird hides and tidal mill were situated. Not too many...More

Thank Bon444
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I enjoyed the place. 2 hours on bike to see everything inside. The only bad things are the outdated toilets.

Thank Andrei V
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Nice helpful man at the entrance. He gave us a map and explained how we could do a shorter walk if we wanted to. This is such a lovely place for a walk. Watching all the birds. I have never seen so many crabs burrowing...More

Thank Angela R
Reviewed September 12, 2018

We visited this lovely natural park and observed a couple of interesting sections of the park. Not too many birds but lovely to see nature and the river estuary. The place is well signed and easy to follow. Staff at the entrance were helpful and...More

Thank mdacosta03
Reviewed September 10, 2018

My husband and I did this walk today. While the orientation plaques are a bit dated and some impossible to read, we did learn some things both about nature but also about how milling and irrigation were handled in the past. Hermit crabs were funny...More

Thank JenWinters
Reviewed September 1, 2018 via mobile

Beautiful nature reserve with stunning wildlife. Where nature and humans coexist in harmony. A RAMSAR site where rare and endangered species make their home.Learn about the process of salt extraction from the saltpans.

Thank GraceW1411
Reviewed August 29, 2018 via mobile

Beautiful little island with picturesque houses- a jewel in the Ria - well worth a visit. Sea life very rich and protected. A wealth of sea life and birds.

Thank Carole G
Reviewed August 8, 2018 via mobile

I would highly reccomend booking a 3 hour boat trip with Sabino boat Tours out of Olhao. They have excellent, boat, skippers, guides and equipment! It's both relaxing and educating!

Thank Øyvind M
Reviewed August 5, 2018 via mobile

If you want a day away from it all wandering around the nature reserve, walk 15 mins from Olhao and explore the natural park. It’s so peaceful, look out for a wide variety of birds and the odd chameleon, while searching for the old water...More

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Jon T
April 15, 2018|
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Response from Geoffrey B | Reviewed this property |
Sorry about the delay in responding. You can enter and view the park on foot. I think the entrance fee was 2 euros, or something of that order.
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CM_Visitor
October 15, 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
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