blog category: Boat Trips

  • Barrier Islands

    30, Jun 2015 in Boat Trips
    With Formosamar get to know the islands of Faro. The Desert Island or Barreta is a paradise for those who like to be isolated, only has boat access. The islands of Farol and Culatra have small housing clusters of fishermen. These islands are extremely important because the bars between the islands allow the entry and exit of the sea allowing the tide is felt everywhere become the Ria Formosa in a place full of life and diverse ecosystems that deserve to be known for your stay in the Algarve.
  • Boat Trips in Ria Formosa: Paradise on earth

    10, Oct 2013 in Boat Trips

    Journalist Anabela Gaspar and the Photographer Gabriel Clemente from the Magazine Entdecken Sie Algarve, came to do a boat trip in the Ria Formosa and what they found was paradise on earth.

    You can read the full article in German here »

    The photos speak for themselves and you can see them here.

    The boat trip departures from the Marina of Faro.

    The Little Tern Sterna albifrons - a summer visitor.

    Traditional wooden fishing boat used for boat trips in the Ria Formosa, 60 years old.

    The elegant Little Egret (Egretta garzetta).

    Birdwatching in the Ria Formosa - the area is one of the most important wetland for aquatic birds.

    The Ria Formosa is a stop-over point for many birds during their migration routes such as the Knot (Calidris canutus).

    The marshland vegetation of the Ria Formosa.

    Yellow broomrape (Cistanche phelypaea) - it lacks chlorophyll and obtains nutrients and water from the host plants whose roots it parasitizes.

    Barrinha, the Eastern Tip of the Peninsula of Ancão also known as the Island of Faro.

    "A paradise on earth! Crystal clear water, fine white sand, wide and not a soul.
    It is simply heavenly."

    Oyster beds in the Ria Formosa.

    Fiddler crab (Uca tangeri).

    See more photos here»

    Our thanks to Anabela and Gabriel. It was a pleasure guiding you through the Ria Formosa waterways. Our team is looking forward your next visit.

  • Boat Tour in the Ria Formosa - Tavira

    22, May 2013 in Boat Trips

    Last week, Franziska Aeschbach joined ​​us on a boat tour in the Ria Formosa in Tavira and shared on her blog the experience.

    Boat trip in the Ria Formosa - photo by Franziska Aeschbach - Pedro Malaia was the guide

    According to Franziska "It was a very interesting tour in a peaceful area with a short walk on Ilha de Tavira."

    Boat trip in the Ria Formosa - photos by Franziska Aeschbach

    Thank you Franziska for sharing your experience with us.
    We're looking forward to your next visit :)
  • Discover the Barrier Islands of the Ria Formosa by Boat

    26, Apr 2013 in Boat Trips

    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 back 11,000 years. The sea level will then have undergone a rapid rise, flooding elevations of sand formed in 3000 years earlier, thus becoming islands.

    The Ria Formosa is a complex and dynamic system is now a protected area status of Natural Park since 1987 (previously in 1978 had been classified as a Nature Reserve).

    Departing from Faro, Formosamar provides a pleasant boat ride with a duration of 2 ½ hours where you can find two of its barrier islands: Deserta Island and Farol Island.

    This experience is held in our boat catamaran "Grey Heron" which sails slowly through the channels of the Natural Park towards this system one of the bars where one can see the Atlantic Ocean. We aim to visit the Ilha do Farol - Island Lighthouse, which lies to the east of this bar and Barreta Island, located west of the bar where you can meet some of the wonderful beaches of the Algarve.

    Ilha da Barreta or Deserta Island
    Ilha da Barreta is also known as Ilha Deserta, being the only one of five islands that are uninhabited, and therefore known by this name. On this island you can walk for white sands and meet aa natural beauty, enjoy the pristine waters and even meet some of the plants the dune system sees this protected area while the cable of Santa Maria.

    Ilha do Farol
    The Ilha do Farol - Island Lighthouse, contrary to what most people think is not an island but a settlement on the island of Culatra. Very different from the Desert Island, the Lighthouse is where our catamaran Heron makes its second stop to visiting this location.
    The village Faro is one of the three existing in Culatra and here it is worth mentioning the Lighthouse of Cabo de Santa Maria which gives its name to this village. Fully operational and a resident lighthouse keeper, this can be visited on Wednesdays. From the top of his forty-two meters, the view is breathtaking, in any direction. Enjoy also to stroll the streets lined with white houses to the beach where you will marvel at the crystal clear waters that bathe this coast.

    For more information on this boat trip in Ria Formosa with a visit to Desert Island and Island Lighthouse click here»