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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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  • Beautiful ballad on a perfectly marked path, in the quiet, in the middle of idle. Path adapted to running, walking, cycling. Starting 15 minutes after the exit of Olhão to Tavira. Take small road on the right direction Ecovia Tourismo etc...
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  • Beautiful natural park! Needless to visit with all where I don't know, just a simple boat trip. Make the Islands at the same time.
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  • In the Ria de Formosa area one can walk in the beautiful nature. This is a place in the Algarve where mass tourism not. However, the park is in many places not well maintained. There are information boards, but also a route is not clearly marked. For nature and bird lovers are definitely beautiful things to see. Too bad we have seen next to black ibises not many special birds. The flamingos were sitting there unfortunately not. There is also a chameleon forest. Many people went to look for the Chameleon, but we have not found. Enormous crabs on the sand near the water. The entrance to the park is not expensive. There are parking facilities at the natural park.
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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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