You won’t be able to take your eyes off it…A Natural Park since 1987, the Ria Formosa is one of the 7 Natural Wonders of Portugal. A stunningly complex lagoon system with a huge diversity of fauna and flora, it is in a permanent state of flux due to the influence of winds, currents and tides.
The natural park designation does not only protect local wildlife, such as flamingos, seahorses and precious birds, but also the small fishing communities who rely on traditional and sustainable fishing methods that otherwise would be lost to mass development. A visit to a traditional oyster farm is included.
Around 85% of Portugal’s clams and oysters are fished among the four low Ria Formosa islands of Farol, Armona, Deserta and Culatra — the latter of which is home to many resident fishermen, who will generously invite you to relax amidst a mountain of fresh shellfish and a glass of cold Portuguese white wine.