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Ria Formosa Natural Park

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“tidal mill”(14 reviews)
“natural park”(19 reviews)
“magpie”(8 reviews)
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All reviews tidal mill natural park magpie ria formosa entrance fee fiddler crabs bird life the reserve bird watching salt marsh quinta do lago few hours pleasant walk pine trees wild flowers couple of hours birds including
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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

Thank jamdunk
Reviewed 3 weeks ago 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

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

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

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 The only bad things are the outdated toilets.

Thank Andrei V
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

Thank Angela R
Reviewed 13 September 2018

We visited this lovely natural park and observed a couple of interesting sections of the park. Not too many birds but lovely to see nature and the river estuary. The place is well signed and easy to follow. Staff at the entrance were helpful and...More

Thank mdacosta03
Reviewed 10 September 2018

My husband and I did this walk today. While the orientation plaques are a bit dated and some impossible to read, we did learn some things both about nature but also about how milling and irrigation were handled in the past. Hermit crabs were funny...More

Thank JenWinters
Reviewed 2 September 2018 via mobile

Beautiful nature reserve with stunning wildlife. Where nature and humans coexist in harmony. A RAMSAR site where rare and endangered species make their home.Learn about the process of salt extraction from the saltpans.

Thank GraceW1411
Reviewed 29 August 2018 via mobile

Beautiful little island with picturesque houses- a jewel in the Ria - well worth a visit. Sea life very rich and protected. A wealth of sea life and birds.

Thank Carole G
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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