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Guided Walk in Marim – Ria Formosa – Olhão

Guided Walks in Marim Ria Formosa Olhão Algarve

If you enjoy walking, let us take you on a fantastic guided walk in Ria Formosa. Learn about this beautiful Nature Park in the Algarve with an enthusiastic local guide and benefit of extensive local insight as you visit the protected headquarters of Ria Formosa.


Join us on a fantastic guided walk to the protected headquarters of Ria Formosa.

Have a great time on this 2-hour guided walk exploring pine woodlands, freshwater ponds, marshlands, ancient tide mills and roman ruins of the Marim Environmental Education Centre at the very heart of Ria Formosa and learn about the natural beauty and wildlife of this protected wetland area in the Algarve.

Tour details

2 hours
120,00 € (per group up to 4 people)
Private tour
private guided walk accompanied by a knowledgeable local guide
transfer from meeting point to the starting point of the walk and return
Marina of Faro | Faro

Edifício Ginásio Clube Naval – Piso 0
Marina of Faro
8000-541 Faro Algarve – Portugal

37°00’54.5″N 7°56’13.6″W
37.015127, -7.937104
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14: 00 pm
other departures are also possible
available everyday throughout the year
Difficulty level: very easy
Type of Trail: round
Extent of walk: 2.48 miles (4 km)
Approx. duration: 2 hours


Discover Ria Formosa on a guided walk of the pine woodlands, freshwater ponds, marshlands, ancient tide mills and roman ruins in the Marim Environmental Education Centre.

Near the town of Olhão at the very heart of Ria Formosa, on this guided walking tour you’ll learn about the largest and most important wetland in the South of Portugal. You’ll benefit of extensive local insight from a knowledgeable nature guide during a private tour.

This walk starts in a pine woodland area and its interesting mediterranean vegetation. You’ll come across many interesting wildflowers of the Algarve like rock-rose, gorse, dwarf fan palm, strawberry tree as well as aromatic plants like lavender, rosemary and wild thyme.

Spring walks certainly will benefit from stunning wildflowers displays making your day out even more interesting. This is an excellent area for wild orchids and also other interesting species in full bloom late February until May.

We’ll continue through areas of dunes and salt-marshes and explore not only wildflowers but also birdlife as this is the most important wetland for aquatic birds in the South of Portugal. You’ll enjoy great views of white stork, spoonbill, black-winged stilt and the little egret. Good views of many species of waders, terns, gulls and other aquatic birds are also possible on the marshland area specially when the tide is low.

A visit to the restored tide mill is also planned to learn more about this important legacy of the Algarve’s history and to enjoy its beautiful views towards the lagoon, the Armona and the Culatra Islands.

This guided walk also includes a visit to the bird hide that offers a good chance to see the exquisite Purple Swamphen, elected the symbol of this protected area as well as a visit to the existing Roman ruins where you’ll learn more about the Roman salting tanks.

Along the surrounding pine woodlands as we continue our walk back, we will have excellent opportunities to see the beautiful Azure-winged Magpie, Sardinian Warbler and many other passerines that occur on these woodlands.

Join us on a guided walk in this beautiful site. We promise you a memorable outing with a local guide who enjoys a walk as much as you do.

Guided walks are available every day throughout the year with several daily departures from Faro.

Good to Know / We recommend

  • Bring appropriate footwear. For your comfort and security, and in recognition of the fact that paths in places may be stony or wet, it is essential that you have appropriate footwear. Either strong walking shoes or boots which give ankle support and have soles with a good grip (boots are obviously the better option, plimsolls are definitely not!).
  • Walking poles, if you have them, take the strain off the joints and are handy, if not essential.
  • A light waterproof coat and comfortable clothing are also advisable.
  • A rucksack or backpack is recommended to carry enough water, a packed lunch or snack, a hat and a good sun cream.
  • Binoculars and/or a camera are an extremely good idea.
  • Remember to bring enough water to avoid dehydration.
  • Explore nature’s great outdoors. Take only pictures, leave only footprints.
  • Safety comes first, please follow the instructions and recommendations of your guide, especially those relating to safety issues.
  • Walks may be amended due to weather conditions or travelers’ fitness, should our walking guides deem this advisable.
  • The schedules of departures and arrivals, duration and itineraries of the activities are subject to change without prior notice due to security determined by weather conditions, winds, tides and/or any other circumstances beyond the control of Lands – Turismo na Natureza, Lda.

About our Guided Walks

  • All walks are accompanied by experienced guides with a profound knowledge in botany, wildlife, regional geography, local customs and traditions of the areas visited.
  • The itineraries are designed to give you a good introduction to the region you are visiting to experience beautiful nature during a moderate pace.
  • Our tours are suitable for all levels of walking experience and for all ages.

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