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Ria Formosa

One of the 7 Natural Wonders of Portugal

The Ria Formosa Natural Park is one of the most amazing places of the Algarve, not only for its variety of landscapes but also because of its unique location. Recently elected as one of the 7 Natural Wonders of Portugal, this is one of three protected areas not to be missed during your holidays in the Algarve. This is a unique coastal lagoon which is constantly changing due to the continuous movement of winds, currents and tides.

Classified as a Natural Park in 1987, the Ria Formosa encompasses an area of about 18 000 hectares. In this protected area you may witness many different habitats such as barrier-islands, marshes, tidal flats, islets, dunes, salt pans, fresh water lagoons, agricultural areas and woodlands which hold a an impressive diversity of flora and fauna.This is one of the most important areas for aquatic birds in Portugal, hosting on a regular basis more than 20,000 birds during the wintering period. The area is also very important as stopover point in the migration routes between Europe and Africa and it provides shelter for rare species in Portugal such as the Purple Swamphen, the symbol of this Natural Park and for other emblematic species like the colorful flamingos.The Ria Formosa is also known for the Portuguese Water Dog, a breed native from the Algarve and almost threatened with extinction some decades ago.

There is much more to discover on this protected area. Come along on a guided walk, a bike ride, a boat trip or in a kayak and get acquainted with this paradise in the Algarve.