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Ria Formosa Natural Park & Olhão

Half-Day Tour Ria Formosa Natural Park & Olhão - Western Swamphen - Porphyrio Porphyrio
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Unveil the labyrinth of Olhão and wander through the Ria Formosa Natural Park, with its palette of blues and rich wildlife

Olhão, with its houses with roof terraces, and minarets, is a patchwork of white cubes which earned it the epithet of the “cubist” city. This is a place which should not be visited in a hurry, to give you time to walk through the alleys and the labyrinth of lanes and little streets discovering interesting corners. The visit to the city of the sea should end on the waterfront avenue near the Ria Formosa, an area that is refreshed by gardens and restaurant and café terraces, with one of the highlights being the colourful atmosphere of the Municipal Market, which fulfils its traditional function by day and then is the setting for lively nightlife in the evening. It is a display of colours, smells and tastes, a delight for the senses.

From the tower of the Main Church, there is an impressive panorama over the traditional houses of Olhão: cubes piled on top of each other, terraces for the drying of fish, look-out points for watching the sea. In other streets and avenues, there are grand façades clad in tiles, with verandas and wrought-iron work. 

Now it is time to discover the Ria Formosa Natural Park. We set off down a track from where we can see migratory birds, and plants growing in dry or marshy soil. The famous water-dogs, an indigenous species which was endangered and whose survival is guaranteed by the park, are another of the attractions. 

A tidal mill murmurs as the tide comes in or goes out. The Chalet of the painter João Lúcio, surrounded by a mysterious pine forest, displays an esoteric architectural style and one that is full of symbolism. The Ria Formosa Natural Park covers an area of some 17,000 hectares, and it provides an opportunity to discover the wonderful world of the fauna and flora of this part of the Algarve coast.

Find secret places and special moments off the beaten path and discover the Algarve others do not know about!
Our Notes
  • The tour is private with your personal driver/guide. There will be no other people joining the tour. 
  • To keep our tours private and comfortable we limit the groups with 7 people per guide. 
  • The tour is done by car/minivan. We use cars (up to 4 people) or minivans (5 - 7 people). 
  • During the tour we will make stops according to the itinerary.
  • Tour duration can be shortened upon your request. 
  • We can also pick you up at diferent locations and hotels. Simply add to your booking an extra transfer. 
  • Our guides will be happy to help you to buy souvenirs during the tour. It is strictly prohibited for our guides to take any commission from the shops.

What's Included
  • The tour rate includes all taxes, personal/driver with car/minivan, pick-up and drop-off. There are no hidden costs. 
  • We do not have cancellation fees. We understand that your plans can be changed so we do not charge for cancellations. Please inform us ASAP if you want to cancel the tour. 
  • Gratuities for your tour guide are not included in tour fares, are payable at your discretion, and are greatly appreciated. 
  • Pickup Times: We are proud to offer specific pick up times. Please be at your hotel lobby/ pick-up adress at the time noted.