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