Holidays in Ria Formosa Natural Park

Holiday Travel Guide
Ria Formosa Natural Park which includes general coastal views and a sunset

Discover one of Portugal’s natural wonders by bike, boat, kayak or on foot and find barrier islands and snaking waterways that provide a haven for flora and fauna.

The Ria Formosa Natural Park is a large reserve on the Algarve coast that stretches between Garrão Beach and Manta Rota. With its intricate system of wetlands, canals, marshlands and beaches, the nature reserve shelters a vast diversity of coastal plants and animals. Explore this 37-mile (60-kilometer) stretch of landscape by boat or kayak. Join a guided walking tour and learn about the local fishing traditions that continue amid the resource-rich wetlands.

A good place to start your exploration of the park is by visiting the Centro de Educação Ambiental de Marim (Environmental Education Center of Marim). This information center gives an insight into the park’s fascinating ecosystems and gives details on a range of hiking trails and viewing areas. Pick a trail or join a tour and begin your journey through the pristine park.

Birdwatchers will love exploring the hotspots in this protected site. You might see flamingos and purple swamp hens among the 20,000 birds that spend the winter period in this important migratory area. Join a boat tour and learn about the traditional fishing customs still practiced in this region. Mussels, oysters and razor clams are hauled in daily, with the aid of the Portuguese water dog.

If you are traveling by water, you can explore some of the park’s pristine islands. Faro, Barreta, Culatra, Armona and Tavira islands have rolling sand dunes and stunning Atlantic coastlines. Tavira Island is renowned for its lifeguard-patrolled swimming beaches.

Check out the park’s historic landmarks, such as the fortress at Cacela Velha, Forte do Rato and Forte de São João de Barra. Go to the towns, such as Faro, Olhão and Tavira, surrounding the park to find tasty local fare in waterfront restaurants.

The Ria Formosa Natural Park is located on the coastline of the Algarve region. The largest nearby towns are Tavira and Faro. Visit during fall and winter for the best wildlife encounters or visit in summer to relax on the beach.

6756 Cheap Hotels Near Ria Formosa Natural Park

Pure Formosa Concept Hotel
Pure Formosa Concept Hotel
Av. da República 34, Olhao, Faro
The price is AU$80 per night from 17 Dec. to 17 Dec.
Situated in Olhao, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Ria Formosa Natural Park and Olhao Municipal Market. Olhao Harbour and Ilha da Armona Beach are also ...
4.9/5 Exceptional! (10 reviews)
"A gem of a property with an outstanding and helpful staff. The finest place in Olhao!"

Reviewed on 3 Dec. 2021

Pure Formosa Concept Hotel
Casa Modesta
Casa Modesta
4 out of 5
Quatrim do Sul sn,, Olhao
Situated on the boardwalk, this country house is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Ria Formosa Natural Park and within 6 miles (10 km) of Praia Fuseta and Moncarapacho Museum ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (2 reviews)
"Très bel établissement plein de charme. Accueil agréable, petite déjeuner délicieux, chambre sympa avec hamac et terrasse. Vue sur l’océan et le parc naturel au loin, depuis la terrasse. Magnifique citronnier et potager. Lieu très instagrammable pour ceux qui apprécient cela. Cachet et très beau ..."

Reviewed on 1 Jun. 2021

Casa Modesta
A piece of heaven in the Algarve with a lovely outdoor spaces and sea views
A piece of heaven in the Algarve with a lovely outdoor spaces and sea views
Poco da Gaita, Quatrim do Sul, Olhao, Faro District
Situated in Olhao, this holiday home is 0.4 mi (0.7 km) from Ria Formosa Natural Park and within 6 miles (10 km) of Praia Fuseta and Moncarapacho Museum and ...
A piece of heaven in the Algarve with a lovely outdoor spaces and sea views
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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Top Ria Formosa Natural Park Hotel & Accommodation Deals

Pure Formosa Concept Hotel
Pure Formosa Concept Hotel
Av. da República 34, Olhao, Faro
The price is AU$80 per night from 17 Dec. to 17 Dec.
Pure Formosa Concept Hotel
Casa Modesta
Casa Modesta
4 out of 5
Quatrim do Sul sn,, Olhao
Casa Modesta
A piece of heaven in the Algarve with a lovely outdoor spaces and sea views
A piece of heaven in the Algarve with a lovely outdoor spaces and sea views
Poco da Gaita, Quatrim do Sul, Olhao, Faro District
A piece of heaven in the Algarve with a lovely outdoor spaces and sea views
Algarve between OLHAO and FUSETA 4 guests apartment
Algarve between OLHAO and FUSETA 4 guests apartment
R. Fundeira, bloco quebec, Olhao, Faro District
Algarve between OLHAO and FUSETA 4 guests apartment
Holiday Home ‘Casa de Mar’ with Sea View, Wi-Fi, Air Conditioning & Garden; Street Parking Available
Holiday Home ‘Casa de Mar’ with Sea View, Wi-Fi, Air Conditioning & Garden; Street Parking Available
Rua do Meio I, P, 1º Andar, Aldeamento, de Marim, Olhao, Faro District
The price is AU$152 per night from 20 Dec. to 20 Dec.
Holiday Home ‘Casa de Mar’ with Sea View, Wi-Fi, Air Conditioning & Garden; Street Parking Available
Olhão Balcony Flat
Olhão Balcony Flat
Rua Rua Fundeira, Edifício Ocidente, Olhao, Faro District
Olhão Balcony Flat
1 Bedroom Townhouse in Aldeia de Marim, Olhão
1 Bedroom Townhouse in Aldeia de Marim, Olhão
Aldeia Marim, Bloco Kalinka, Letra A, Olhao, Faro District
1 Bedroom Townhouse in Aldeia de Marim, Olhão
Traditional Villa with Large Private Swimming Pool
Traditional Villa with Large Private Swimming Pool
Villa Amarelo, Olhao, Faro District
Traditional Villa with Large Private Swimming Pool
Three Bedroom Villa With Pool Near Olhao
Three Bedroom Villa With Pool Near Olhao
3 out of 5
Villa Amarelo, Quatrim Sul 360H, Olhao, Faro District
Three Bedroom Villa With Pool Near Olhao
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.