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Ria Formosa, Olhao

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The Ria Formosa lagoon, located in the Algarve, in southern Portugal, is a system of barrier islands that communicates with the sea through six inlets. Five of these inlets are natural and have mobility characteristics. The sixth is an artificial inlet that was opened with the purpose of allowing easier access to the port of Faro.Presently the main inlet of the system is the Faro-Olhão inlet, which was artificially opened. The process started in 1927 but only in 1952 were the engineering works completed and it assumed the present configuration.Within the Ria Formosa system, different and sometimes antagonistic uses may be found. Part of the system is a Natural Park but Ria Formosa also plays an important role in the region's economy. Beyond the tourist use the system also supports other economic activities like seafood farms (including grooved carpet shell harvesting) and the port of Faro.The Ria Formosa is also a designated Natural Park of over 170 km² and a stopping place for hundreds of different birds during the spring and autumn migratory periods.The most important cities near the Ria Formosa are Tavira, Faro and Olhão.There are also some towns in this area, whose names are: Fuzeta (which belongs to the municipality of Olhão), Santa Luzia, Cabanas de Tavira (these last two belonging to Tavira) and Cacela Velha (which belongs to Vila Real de Santo António).
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  • Despite the mediocre reviews still wrist height. And have no regrets. Nice park where you can make a fine walk. The route marked with yellow posts and info signs was easy to follow or. Lovely to do on a sunny morning.
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  • Great ballad in the middle of swamps, a beautiful loop 4 km with a pass on the edge of the golf course. Various waders and flamingos still rose not on the other hand we're not in the Camargue looks like yet.
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  • This is not the most sophisticated Natural Park but it is a lovely site and there are many attractive features. The tidal mill building - restored in the 1980s and an example of many that existed prio...  more »
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  • It has a good variety of shops and a massive supermarket. There is a few little climbing frames for the kids. The food court could be better as it is mostly fast food. It really needs some authentic options.
  • It's good, but was a little expensive as expected. I would suggest to go to this island, only if it's good weather. There is not much to see/do
  • Great food and great service, Staff are friendly and very accommodating to your needs. A nicely run family business.
  • Absolutely beautiful! Boat tour is a must! Spectacular bird life and interesting history associated
  • Absolutely fantastic. The markets, the people, the location. Come saturdays between 7am to 1pm to see the market at its full splendor, get fresh produce, souvenirs, cheap clothes, learn to paint, try some traditional sweets. Great place and time for any street photographer.

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