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The Dolphins Return to the Coastal Waters of the Algarve

Here in the Algarve as Spring arrives and the days and waters get warmer, the sardines are also more abundant in the coastal waters. Following this pattern, the dolphins also approach the coast in search of this tasty meal.In our dolphin watching and marine wildlife boat trips the most sighted species of dolphins are: Common Dolphin (Delphinus delphis) Atlantic...
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Nómadas in the Algarve

People say that the extreme south of Portugal is “the Europe’s most famous secret”.‘Nomads’ of the Spanish National Radio explored the most remarkable places in the Algarve and among many discovered the Natural Park of Ria Formosa on board a typical fishing boat. Selected one of the “Seven Natural Wonders” of Portugal, the Ria Formosa...
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Greater Flamingo

It is one of the most emblematic occurring wild birds in Portugal, and can be observed in the Ria Formosa. The Greater Flamingo is a wading bird curved beak, which measures between 90 and 150 cm. Its plumage can be quite colorful in bright pink tones. They are animals that feed on algae and small...
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A common dolphin (Delphinus Delphis) leaping out of the water with the ocean and distant shoreline in the background on a clear, sunny day.


We believe that the development of tourism in natural areas is possible in a sustainable way preserving nature and helping the local communities. Therefore Formosamar aims at sustainable management. All our tours and activities are carried out with special attention and always trying to minimize environmental impacts. We try to raise environmental awareness and respect for nature amongst...
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Discover the Barrier Islands of the Ria Formosa by Boat

The Ria Formosa coastal lagoon is protected by barrier islands, arranged parallel to the coast along 60km (covering the municipalities of Loulé, Faro, Olhão, Tavira and Vila Real de Santo António).The area is approximately 18,400 hectares and is considered one of the 7 Natural Wonders of Portugal and according to some authors, its origins date...
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Awarded 2015 Tripadvisor Certificate of Excellence

Formosamar was awarded 2015 Tripadvisor Certificate of Excellence. This is a true source of pride for the entire team at Formosamar and we’d like to thank all of our guests who took the time to complete a review on TripAdvisor.
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Saveiros: Traditional Fishing Boats of Algarve

Saveiro is the Portuguese word to designate small boats with different shapes, but all 100% built in wood.The most ancient and original ones have even wooden nails. Among the fishermen the Saveiro is also known as “lancha”.The Saveiro is a open boat with about 5-6 meters length, that used to go to the sea to catch mackerel and horse mackerel through a traditional fishing gear...
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A Kayak Tour in the Ria Formosa, Algarve

Sophie Law of the Sunday Independent visited the Algarve and decided to explore the Ria Formosa on a Kayak Tour with us. She later wrote her experience with us. Portugal’s Ria Formosa: Spot the exotic visitors as they fly in Birds and planes are major features of the Ria Formosa. Sophie Lam takes to the...
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Birdwatching in the Algarve: Common Coot

The Common Coot is a water bird, belonging to the Rallidae family, which can be observed all over Europe, North and South Africa and in the Palearctic, Indomalayan and Australasian regions. In Portugal we find Fulica atra from north to south, mainly in coastal lagoon systems. This species can remain in these habitats or make them a...
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A Traditional Boat Trip in the Ria Formosa is in the Top 10 Things You Must Do in the City of Faro

The jounalist Rob Crossan of the Daily express visited the Algarve with destination to the city of Faro and the Ria Formosa Nature Park where he found a beautiful city surrounded by a unique protected area. According to Rob, a traditional boat trip in the Ria Formosa with Formosamar is in 3rdplace of the 10 things you must do...
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