Many species uses this fertile environment to advantage and have made it their breeding ground, while many others have kept it as a migratory stopover.
Birds can be seen throughout the year, but the best seasons are spring and autumn when the birds migrate from/to Europe. Purple heron, egrets, white stork, flamingos and many other bird species that you cannot else find back in your home at such close encounter. Endangered species like Seahorse and Chameleon can also be seen here. The park is also known for Portuguese Water Dog (a native to Algarve).
During December we saw flamingos, spoonbills, pintails, white stork etc. Goes without saying, this park is a haven for bird watchers who flock from all over the world to see the bird migration.
The only uninhabited and deserted island with pristine beach in Algarve region, which also happens to be the southernmost point of continental Portugal. A short ferry ride from Faro takes you here.
Fancy staying in a nice beach house or villa that’s surrounded by idyllic island and lovely beach? Armona island has a handful of well kept houses and about half a dozen of bars. Can be reached by a 20 minute ferry ride from Olhão.
|Credit: Jorge Manso|
Island of Tavira
Closest island from the town of Tavira, the ferry service can be taken from Quatro Águas peer and takes approx 5-10 mins only. The island includes Camping park, restaurants, cottages.
|Credit: Gregor Samsa|
Apart from having a lovely beach by its side, Cabanas is also home to São João da Barra Fortress and Chapel of Nossa Senhora do Mar.
|Credits: Ivo Gomes|
Visiting Ria Formosa has been the highlight of our trip, and this is indeed the best kept secret of Algarve region. Visiting any of these barrier islands or the peninsula islands whether peak or off-peak season will definitely be your trip’s highlight. The islands are well connected with ferry and water taxi, but its often always less crowded because most of the tourists tend to visit Faro beach or famous beaches along Algarve region. In a nutshell, Ria Formosa islands are a great place to picnic, swim, enjoy the nature, watch birds, and witness a beautiful sunset.
# Check the weather forecast and wear clothes accordingly
# Wear comfortable pair of shoes or welly boots if you plan to walk/hike in Ria Formosa
# Pack snack-box and water bottle
# Carry hat/sunglass/sunscreen