Algarve, the southern region of Portugal, conceals extraordinary natural treasures within its corners. Among the most enchanting places in this region are the islands of Ria Formosa, nestled in the turquoise waters of a lagoon spanning 179 square kilometers.
Located in eastern Algarve, it is one of the most significant natural areas in Portugal, listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
This place is home to a diverse range of fauna and flora, including numerous bird species (around 240 species, plus migratory species between Europe and Africa), fish, mammals, and plants. Here, you can encounter flamingos, pelicans, herons, cormorants, as well as dolphins, seals, and sea turtles.
While strolling along the walkways near the channels, you'll notice people digging for mussels, seaweed, oysters, crabs... try following their lead and gather some seafood for a hearty meal yourself.
Ria Formosa is an ideal place for shellfish farming, fish farming, or harvesting sea salt....