Our proposal is a unique visit to Portugal's most extensive lagoon ecosystem. The Natural Park of Ria Formosa, is a unique natural reserve due to its continuous changing nature. Weather phenomena like the continuous wind movement, water currents and tides alter Ria Formosa's look in a steady pace. A gift of nature with about 18,000 hectares, which makes the transition between land and sea along 60 km of the algarvian leeward, between the Ancão peninsula and Cacela Velha.
This wetland of international recognized value is a priveleged habitat for fauna and flora. Flamingo, the eagle, woodcock and kingfishers are the most common species, but the park's symbol is the purple swamp hen, a rare species which exists in Portugal and nests exclusively in these lakes. Another important inhabitant of the estuary is the chameleon, an endagered species in Europe.
A universe that you can only discover through the hiking trails, or aboard a boat on one of the many trips available across Ria Formosa. Watching the salt marsh and freshwater marsh area, the salting tanks from the Roman era whilst breaking the secrets of the forest or even seeing an ancient recovered tide mill at Quinta de Marim make this a wellworth visit.