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Guided Visit to a Fishing Community in Tavira

Arraial Ferreira Neto

Guided tour to the Arraial Ferreira Neto to learn about the history of tuna fishing in the coast of the Algarve where you will discover how this old fishing community established here during the decade of the 40's. Throughout the tour you will get to know the history of tuna fishing in the world and also in Portugal.

Included: Guided tour to Arraial Ferreira Neto, the Museum and the Tower.

Duration: 45min

Price/Adult:
7, 00 €
Price/Child (6-10 years): 3, 00 €
Price/Child (until 5 years): Free
Minimum: 4 Adults

This is the only fishermen village of this kind in the whole country. As we explore it and visit places like the elementary school, the chapel, the former industrial and the residential area, you will discover how this community of fisherman lived.

We go up to the former watch-tower and you will be delighted by the surrounding landscape. From this point we have lovely views over the saltpans, the marshlands, the beautiful city of Tavira, the islands of Tavira and Cabanas and everything else that the eye can reach until the city of Vila Real de Santo António.

Following towards the Tuna Museum, where you\'ll see a model of the almadrava, referred to by the Arabs as the bullfighting of the sea and you\'ll discover how tuna was caught using a complex system of nets anchored on the sea bed.

An interesting video will enable you to relive the past of this ancient art. This is where the tour to Arraial Ferreira Neto ends, a site classified as a National Trust Building.


Tuna fishing has long ceased here and nowadays Arraial Ferreira Neto is a hotel, the Vila Galé Albacora. Located at the very heart of the Ria Formosa Natural Park, which was elected as one of the 7 Natural Wonders of Portugal, this hotel is oriented towards ecotourism. From this point you have several options available such as a boat trip, a kayak tour, bike rides or walking tours to explore this paradise in the Algarve.