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Ria Formosa Natural Park

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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Being interested in birds this was a must for me. Taking the walk around the mill pond with shelters was very nice. The tide driven mill was interesting and beautiful. As I walked along the beach from Olhao I saw birds in the salines. See...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank MMGghost
Reviewed 6 days ago

We spent a week in this area and loved the opportunities for birdwatching, walking on the beach in late autumn in November, and the beautiful landscapes with the tidal wetlands and the sandy islands, etc. Well worth a visit.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Fisheagle2513
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This was somewhat of a disappointment. Nice trails but there is so much garbage lying around and a major clean-up is required. A few animals can be seen but not much and the bird hospital was closed. This place has potential but some investments are...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Boutip
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Worth a visit, 3km walk around, has notice boards in English describing the birds and sea life that can be seen, most of the buildings are fairly derilict, but good paths and worth the €2.80 admission!

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank MaryBarryJackson
Reviewed 26 October 2018

The big eye, Olhão, is thus named for the shape of its surrounding Ria - a type of lagoon which features a tidal habitat conducive to the food chain of birds & crustaceans. A fascinating boat tour could include the spotting of wild birds, such...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank jamdunk
Reviewed 23 October 2018 via mobile

We had a fantastic day out, strolling through the marshes, tidal flats and woodlands, taking photos and generally enjoying the flora and fauna. It was beautiful and peaceful and well worth the €2.80 entrance fee. The trickiest part of the day was finding the place...More

Date of experience: October 2018
2  Thank Anne F
Reviewed 8 October 2018

We had hired some bikes and we cycled from Olhao port to the park. We paid €3.20 each to get in. The guy at the entrance was very helpful, gave us a map and explained what was worth seeing. We cycled in the park for...More

Date of experience: October 2018
1  Thank FMSh
Reviewed 30 September 2018

Under three euros entrance fee taken by a very helpful man who gave us a map and made sure we knew which way to start out on one of the marked walks and where the bird hides and tidal mill were situated. Not too many...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Bon444
Reviewed 20 September 2018 via mobile

I enjoyed the place. 2 hours on bike to see everything inside. The only bad things are the outdated toilets.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank 690andreiv
Reviewed 20 September 2018

Nice helpful man at the entrance. He gave us a map and explained how we could do a shorter walk if we wanted to. This is such a lovely place for a walk. Watching all the birds. I have never seen so many crabs burrowing...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Angela R
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Jon T
15 April 2018|
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Response from Geoffrey B | Reviewed this property |
Sorry about the delay in responding. You can enter and view the park on foot. I think the entrance fee was 2 euros, or something of that order.
16 October 2017|
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Response from bdenhow | Reviewed this property |
Fuseta is part of the Ria Formosa which stretches from near Quartiera in the west to beyond Tavira in the east. You can ferry to one of the islands from there. The Ria Formosa estuary is a labyrinth of canals, islands... More