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Ria Formosa Natural Park

#5 of 38 things to do in Olhao Features Animals
Olhao, Portugal
+351 289 700 210
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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
Olhao, Portugal
+351 289 700 210
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Reviewed April 10, 2017

The area is an ornithologists delight and you do not need to even enter the reserve to see such gorgeous wildlife. Near our hotel were marshes on the edge of the lagoon with 60-70 species on tap. Made UK offerings like Minsmere pretty average. Spoonbills,...More

3  Thank Alan108
Reviewed April 9, 2017

Take a boat out, cheap and informative. We used a guided tour set up. A couple of hours depending on tides. Osprey, storks, shanks, and the chap had a lot of information about the sea food farming. Do take a walk in the park area...More

1  Thank JUE360
Reviewed April 9, 2017 via mobile

We wanted to do a trip to Tavira island but the ferry times looked a bit sketchy given we had a flight to catch later in the evening. While driving around I saw a sign for the Ria Formosa Nature reserve and went straight for...More

Thank gajria
Reviewed April 7, 2017

High tide and low tide reveal so many differences in how you view the Ria Formosa. Can be undertaken with different objectives in mind but whatever they are they will provide insights into a different world. Probably worth following up an initial boat trip by...More

1  Thank Oldrugbyref
Reviewed April 6, 2017

April spring flowers everywhere, soft dappled light , terrapins swimming, storks, egrets and other birds can be observed from hides or just enjoyed as you stroll.

1  Thank luckiestducky
Reviewed April 2, 2017

There are many ways to experience the beauty of the Rio Formosa. Your first glimpse may be when you fly over the park on the approach to Faro Airport. You can take a boat trip, a guided tour or go for a walk. We chose...More

Thank DunelmArts
Reviewed April 1, 2017

We drove for an hour to visit the park with the ideas of learning something from the visitors centre about the ecology of the area. We paid our entrance fee of 2.70 Euros each, received a map of the park etc. And went off looking...More

Thank Scarmar
Reviewed March 29, 2017

This is by any standards tricky to find, but it is so well worth pursuing with. I recommend searching on google and reading the pages by the people that have books on the wild flowers here. This area, if you like bird life, wild flowers...More

Thank anji_7
Reviewed March 29, 2017 via mobile

Visited for a brisk walk in a great environment. I go often. Never too many people there. The birds at this time of year are interesting. There was a bird watcher group siting birds. The flora as well is abundant now, my favourite. The fresh...More

Thank Linda S
Reviewed March 21, 2017 via mobile

What a lovely really natural park. Very unspoilt with an unusual mix of countryside and seaside. There are orchards of olives and figs forested areas with paths throughout leading through lakes old salting pools and an old Mill and aqueduct watering system. Meandering further down...More

1  Thank Julie R
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