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. Elected as one of the 7 Natural Wonders of Portugal, 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, and is protected from the sea by 5 barrier-islands and 2 peninsulas. Due to these natural features and its geographical location it was included in the list of wetlands of world-wide interest defined by the Ramsar Convention. In this protected area you may witness many different habitas such as barrier-islands, marshes, tidal flats, islets, dunes, saltpans, fresh water lagoons, agricultural areas and woodlands which hold a an impressive diversity of flora and fauna. It’s a paradise for birdwatchers.
Don’t miss this protected area during your holidays at the Ria Park Hotels. Go for a guided walk, a bike ride, a boat trip or in a kayak and get acquainted with this paradise in the Algarve.