Ria de Alvor Nature Reserve

Ria de Alvor Nature Reserve

Ria de Alvor Nature Reserve
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Charley
Manchester, UK87 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
As I understand it, Ria de Alvor Nature Reserve refers to the walk up the estuary, as opposed to the boardwalk along the dunes that others note in their reviews (although this too is a great walk and good for birding). Perhaps the 'nature reserve' covers both areas...

Either way, to access the walk that I am reviewing, you simply need to walk along the harbour wall with the water on your left, and past the pavilion/old fish market at the end, and then follow the path along past Restaurante Navegador on your right. If you continue walking along this pavement, enjoying the views of the harbour to your left, you will come to a small fisherman's house at the end, and then there's an incline up to the start of the walk. There is a couple of routes that you can take up, some easier than others (it is a dirt track and there is some loose shingle, so sturdy comfy footwear is recommended!) If you head upwards, you will probably be best to pick out the route that is best suited to your abilities, but none of them are too tasking.

Once you have made your way to the top (and admired the view over the harbour) there are a couple of paths, trodden out through the rough vegetation, that you can take - but I like the one closest to the waterfront the best, as the views are spectacular (also it is the best placed for seabird watching).

Excellent area for nature-spotting - it is very peaceful and relatively undisturbed by humans as you walk away from the town. Sparrows, blackbirds and azure-winged magpies can be spotted on the land-side of the trail, while casting an eye out to the water you may see gulls, waders (such as curlews, oystercatchers, plovers, dunlins) plus herons, egrets and terns.

You can follow the dirt paths along for about 30-40 minutes, depending on your walking speed - it remains relatively obvious which way to go - and then you will come to the dam at the river mouth. The path down to it is a bit of a scramble, so you may wish to give this a miss if you are not very surefooted. However if you make it down, you can then cross over the dam/bridge and get a good view of the river on the other side. On this body of water, during my most recent visit, I was lucky enough to see a huge flock of flamingos! A great birding treat and quite rare to see these occasional visitors, according to the locals I told. Fellow birding couple I met on my travels also noted seeing a spoonbill here to.

You can make it to the dam and back to Alvor town easily within 2 hours, but I would recommend taking your time and enjoying to nature and serenity of your surroundings. Only thing to note is that there is little shade on this walk, so I would advise sunscreen and a hat, to protect you from the hot Algarve sunshine.
Written October 21, 2019
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PortsmouthPeople
Portsmouth, UK2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2017 • Couples
A nice place to spend half a day wandering around the Nature reserve away from the crowds. Well worth going as far as the river estuary. Take some water with you and there are no toilets here. excellent.
Written October 15, 2017
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Richard10
Surrey, UK596 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2017 • Couples
The nature reserve is located at the end of thew Beach broad walk in Alvor or from the Marina.There are a series of path with a lot of natural vegetation Also we saw a variety of birds and a few lizards it is a very tranquil area and You can walk to the estuary of the river.. There is not a lot a shade here but for me it is must do visit when staying in Alvor. It is popular with locals many take their dogs for a walk and also a good place for tourists.. if you cover all the paths you can walk for miles.
Written October 13, 2017
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TheGrubHunter
Lagos, Portugal249 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022 • Couples
The clifftop walk is at times dangerously close to the edge and with the uneven ground it’s an accident waiting to happen🤦🏻‍♂️

There are steep and rugged climbs with similar difficult drops - hard work and scary😱

I’m pretty agile and up for most things but this was just not enjoyable and the dam at the end and distant flamingos were just not worth the ‘trip’ 🤦🏻‍♂️

Take my advice and stick to the boardwalk - unless you’re an experienced mountain climber or looking to commit suicide! 🥴
Written May 25, 2022
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Peter b
Birmingham, UK787 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
If you like to walk or even stroll and it is wheelchair accessable this is for you. The boardwalk runs almost the whole of the beach before splitting into a number of different length walks around the rivers salt marshes which is a haven to wild life.
Written November 8, 2019
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Janice B
Las Cruces, NM395 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2019
This is a beautiful walk on a very well-maintained boardwalk along the estuary with interconnected paths starting in town and along the beach. Always interesting to watch the tidal changes and all of the fish and bird life around the estuary. If you are really ambitious you can walk out to the jetty.
Written September 21, 2019
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E W
Algarve, Portugal131 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2019 • Couples
This is a saltwater lagoon surrounded by the beach and by saltwater marshes. The walk is almost all through elevated boardwalks (so as not to disrupt the environent) covering several kilometers. The boardwalk is well maintained, making for an easy walk.
The day we went, the flamingoes were not present (so we will be back), but there was a lot of birdlife on display
Written May 12, 2019
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george f
Middlesbrough, UK42 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2018 • Couples
Starting at the old lifeboat station (next to Ze Morgadinho) and setting off northwards along the river, the paved area comes to a halt next to an incline which is traversed into scrubland paths until you reach a wire fence overlooking the dam We turned back at this point.Retrace you footsteps at this point as the area east(to Alvor) is a collection of fenced estates.We ended up in some farmers yard. he unlocked the gates for us and sent us on our way with armsful of oranges. Could only happed here.
Written June 4, 2018
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Michael M
Ipswich, UK690 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2018 • Couples
We began this epic walk from Alvor harbour. Just follow the dirt track near the boardwalk. The track runs along the estuary and grassland. Great views of Alvor as you get further away. The estuary is huge, keep your eyes open for wading birds and birds in the grasslands.I wish I had taken a pair of binoculars to identify some of the species. We stopped on the huge rocks near the little lighthouse for a picnic lunch before walking back to Alvor along the beach. A lovely two hour stroll.
Written April 21, 2018
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2MarkMyWords
Kent, UK3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2017 • Couples
It well worth spending a couple of hours strolling around this nature reserve. It is quiet and you can detour to sit on the beach for a while which is fairly desserted in this area. Remember to take some water with you as there are no cafes or public toilets here.
Written October 23, 2017
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