Faro is surrounded by the channels and marshes of the Ria Formosa, a protected system of tidal lagoons, which extends for about 60 kms along the coast. The natural park includes also adjacent areas of salt pans, salt marsh, farmland and Umbrella-Pine forest, making of this place one of the most important in Portugal. The bird-life is very diverse and includes several wader species and many emblematic forest birds like Azur-winged Magpie, Hoopoe, Common Waxbill or European Beeeater. Booted Eagle and Black-winged Kite overwinter with regularity also in this area. From the observatory at the S. Lourenço lake, we´ll be able to get good views of the Purple Swamphen, symbol of the natural park, as well of Little Bittern and the introuced resident Blackheaded Weaver. Audouinn’s Gull, Wryneck and Caspian Tern are other species possible to spot here.
This tour can be extended into a full day, by including other nearby areas in the visit.
The reservation must be made with a minimum of 48H advance.