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Glamping transports the world of premium amenities in nature - typical examples of this type of extravagant vacation are luxury campers, tents or tents in unusual locations, equipped with the amenities of a hotel room, as well as first-class service directly under the open sky.
The purpose of glamping is to provide travelers with a quality and original break from everyday life and to give them a once-in-a-lifetime experience different from the usual holidays. Imagine being in a bungalow on a deserted beach, but you can take advantage of the comfort of a fully equipped bathroom or waking up in a luxurious bed in a tree house.
Glamping means all sorts of unforgettable moments - a movie under the stars on a cozy forest meadow with a glass of champagne in hand. Extreme moments such as a night in the desert or a transition to inaccessible places are now an option for lovers of comfort.
Take a look at our glamping Algarve offer and you will have the most glamorous holiday!
What is Ria Formosa and when was it discovered?
The Ria Formosa Natural Park stretches 170 km² along the Algarve coast from Praia do Garrao in Faro to the Casela Peninsula. In 1987 it was classified as a Natural Park, which gave it the status for the best protection of flora, fauna and lagoons. It is a wetland of international importance, consisting of a mixture of lagoons, salt lakes, peninsulas and canals. In addition to being a tourist attraction, the Ria Formosa also supports other activities that help develop the economy, such as seafood farms and the port of Faro.
If you love fishing or just want to go boating, this would be a great boating opportunity. They can range from kayaking to dolphin watching and fishing. Whatever you do, you will have the opportunity to choose your water sports activities.
If you are an adventure lover, you can go kayaking in pairs or individually. Kayaking is a fairly cheap and energetic activity. The cost of this tour ranges from 20 to 30 euros depending on how much time you want to spend on the water. You will have a lot of fun exploring the beautiful surroundings of Ria Formosa.
Another popular boating activity is a boat tour of the lagoon. You will sail on a large pontoon view along the Ria Formosa, starting in Faro. This tour lasts approximately 45 minutes and costs € 15 per person. The Algarve has an extensive coastline where you can see incredible marine life such as dolphins and turtles. There are many dolphin tours available, but they are more expensive than regular boat tours. Starting at around € 45 per person for a 2-hour tour. The most popular dolphins to be seen in the water are bottlenose dolphins and striped dolphins. If you're lucky, you might also encounter a whale.
These are just a few of the tours on offer throughout the Ria Formosa, so be sure to check getyourguide.com for more options.
Ria Formosa is a birdwatcher's paradise with over 250 species. One of the rarest is the "galinya-sultana". It is known as one of the most important wetlands for waterbirds in Portugal. As an avid bird watcher, it was with great pleasure that I spotted many birds flying around the Ria Formosa.
The lagoon called Lagoa dos Salgados is one of the most popular bird watching spots in the Algarve. Here you will find many species of water birds such as herons, flamingos and black tern, just to name a few. If you would like to connect with a birdwatching expert while visiting the Algarve, be sure to contact Georg at Algarve Birdwatching.
Cycling tours are a wonderful way to immerse yourself in the natural attractions of the Algarve. You will surely run out of options as bike tours are offered by various operators in the area. There are over 60km of stunning landscapes and rugged coastline to explore on bike tours, some lasting around 2.5 hours. You will learn some interesting facts about Ria Formosa to whet your appetite for future trips or other active tours of the Algarve. Check out lonelyplanet.com for a tour that costs €35.
Segway is a very fun and convenient way to tour the Ria Formosa. Your legs don't have to be trained the same way as on a bike, and you will soon learn to balance on them. On the Segway Tour, you will be able to get to know all the surrounding flora and fauna along the route as you walk around the Ria Formosa. The tours offered will last approximately an hour and a half, and prices start at around 50 euros per person.
If you are visiting the Algarve, Olhão is the ideal starting point for exploring the Ria Formosa. There are no stunning beaches here as it is the largest fishing port in the Algarve, but you can take boat trips to many of the islands from there. Your trip is incomplete unless you have visited the municipal market located on Avenida 5 de Autubro. The market is conveniently located near the waterfront and has a fresh fruit and vegetable market as well as a fish market. Don't miss the Saturday market as it is an outdoor street market and one of the largest fresh food markets in the Algarve.
5 interesting facts about Ria Formosa Natural Park
There are a number of barrier islands that connect to the sea through 6 entrances. Five of these entrances are natural, and the sixth is artificial, which allows entry into the port of Faro. The Portuguese Water Dog is an endangered dog breed of the Algarve. It is known as the "Water Dog" and they are used to help fishermen while at sea. The Ria Formosa serves as a migratory channel for birds, with the result that it has some of the last remaining breeding grounds in Europe. About 80% of the total exports of oysters and shellfish are produced in the Ria Formosa. Seahorses in the Ria Formosa were once the largest communities of their species in the world. Now they are at risk of extinction.
Climate in Algarve
The climate in the Algarve region is Mediterranean, characterized by moderate temperatures all year round with little rainfall, which usually falls between November and March, and a lot of sunny days. Average temperatures range from +12°C in winter(January) and 30°C in summer(August). Sea water temperatures range from 15°C in January and 24°C in September.