Ria Formosa Natural Park & Olhão – 2400HD

Private Half-Day Tour

From 60.00 pp

Duration: 4h

Availability: January - December

Unveil the labyrinth of Olhão, with its geometric cubist buildings inspired by Moroccan architecture, and ramble in the green-blues of the Ria Formosa Natural Park, rich in wildlife.

Find secret places and special moments off the beaten path and discover the Algarve others do not know about!

Highlights

  • Private half-day tour with your personal local driver/guide – no other people will join the tour
  • Olhão, with its geometric cubist buildings inspired by Moroccan architecture
  • The colourful atmosphere at the Municipal Market
  • Ria Formosa Natural Park rich of fauna and flora
  • The Ria with a system of lagoons, islands, marshes, salt pans and creeks

Unveil the labyrinth of Olhão, with its geometric cubist buildings inspired by Moroccan architecture, and ramble in the green-blues of the Ria Formosa Natural Park, rich in wildlife.

Olhão is a rare gem and a top place for a relaxing tour. The city centre is charming, faded, and stuffed full of appealing details and interesting corners.

White houses with roof terraces and minarets form a patchwork of layering cubes that earned to Olhão the epithet of “cubist” city. Its beauty attracts artists, writers, and photographers.

Meander gently on the streets where the sun faded the walls, take in the sounds of the city, and feel its scents.

The visit to the city should end on the waterfront avenue near the Ria Formosa, lined with gloriously tile-fronted, 19th-century townhouses, with verandas and wrought-iron work.

The area is refreshed by gardens and buzzes with restaurants and café terraces. The highlight is the colourful atmosphere at the Municipal Market, which fulfils its traditional function by day and is the setting for lively nightlife bars. It’s a delight for the senses.

Now it’s time to discover the astonishing beauty and importance of the Ria Formosa Natural Park, with a visit to the Interpretation Centre, in Marim.

The Ria is a system of lagoons and islands, which enclose a vast area of marshes, salt pans, creeks and dune islands. It’s a home for an array of migrating and nesting birds and many other species.

There’s a tidal mill inside the Park, murmuring as the waters rise and retreat. Another attraction is the water dog’s kennel, an indigenous Portuguese breed, once of great importance in the traditional fishing industry.

Surrounded by the parks’ pine forest, you can find the Chalet João Lúcio, built at the beginning of the XXth century. The local poet’s house is worthy of a visit, to learn why it has such an original composition, charged with symbolism.

This visit to the Ria Formosa Natural Park is an opportunity to discover the wonderful world of the fauna and flora of this part of the Algarve coast. A trip that will surely stay in your memory!

Find secret places and special moments off the beaten path and discover the Algarve others do not know about!

Info

  • This a private tour with your personal driver/guide – no other people will join the tour
  • The tour rate is per person and includes all taxes. There are no hidden costs
  • We use cars (up to 4 people) or minivans (5 – 7 people)
  • During the tour, the guide will make stops following an itinerary
  • The length of the tour can be shortened upon your request
  • Our guides will be happy to help you buy souvenirs during the tour. It is strictly prohibited for our guides to take any commission from the shops
  • Pickup Times: We are proud to offer specific pick up times. Please be at your hotel lobby/ pick-up address at the time noted.
  • We can also pick you up at a different location/hotel – If you wish a different pick-up location you must add an extra transfer to your booking

What's included

  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off
  • Personal local guide/driver with car/minivan

Exclusions

  • Meals, tips/gratuities – Gratuities for your tour guide are not included in tour fares, are payable at your discretion, and are greatly appreciated
  • Admission fees to castles & attractions or events
  • Personal expenses
  • Supplements