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Ria Formosa Natural Park

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“tidal mill”(12 reviews)
“magpie”(8 reviews)
“natural park”(18 reviews)
Suggested duration: 1-2 hours
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Olhao, Portugal
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All reviewstidal millmagpienatural parkria formosabird lifefiddler crabsthe reservebird watcherssalt marshold millquinta do lagofew hourspleasant walkunusual birdswild flowerssaw lots of wildlifewatching the birds
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Reviewed 2 days 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 The only bad things are the outdated toilets.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 3 days 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 1 week ago

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 1 week ago

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 3 weeks ago 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 3 weeks ago 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

1  Thank Vicky2202
Reviewed August 3, 2018

It is amazing to see how people work in the lagoon like in the potato field. The nature is beautiful! One can find pretty big and nice shells walking in the shallow waters. Captains of the boats were great in their explanations. Worth to experience...More

1  Thank KamenSpassov
Reviewed July 23, 2018 via mobile

Did a two hour boat trip which we all enjoyed. Saw quite a few birds and loved landing on the deserted island. Memorable and very enjoyable thanks to super commentary by guide about the birds. Eco tour company but I can’t remember the name.

1  Thank Alison061067
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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.
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