Departure - Fuzeta
2-hour Boat Tour in the Ria Formosa Natural Park, with a 30-minute stop at a place of interest.
- Ria Formosa Beach
- Barrier islands line
- Fuseta village
- Ria’s high seas and coastline
- Fuseta Main Church
- Fuseta Fishing Port
- Salt farms
- Bias Tower
- Oyster and small clams farms
- Fuseta Island beach
- Natural inlet
- Homem Nú Beach
- Departure from Fuzeta
- Natural Park of Ria Formosa
- Armona Island (stop for 30min)
- Return to Fuzeta
Departing from Fuzeta, a small typical fishing village, we head towards one of the most important islands in the Ria Formosa, Armona Island, passing through exclusive channels in terms of fauna and flora in the natural ecosystem. Upon arrival to Armona Island, we stop for 30 minutes, enough for a snack at one of the local restaurants or to take a dip in the Ria Formosa lagoon. A perfect tour to discover the biodiversity of the Ria Formosa Natural Park, which includes the possibility of observing oyster farms.
Before the location, where now is Fuseta village, was a cluster of huts where fishermen kept their fishing gear. It was known as “Fozeta” (diminutive of mouth). From this fact the current name of the village derives.
Now, the village has about 1900 inhabitants, the population grows a lot in high season. The village managed to conserve many houses that are traditional for this area of the Algarve, cubic shape houses, topped by roof decks and chimneys. Until 2010 there was a set of houses for non-permanent use on the island of Fuzeta. But the winter storms of that year destroyed all of them. On the island, there are now only a few snack bars open in the summer.
The main activity continues to be fishing and its derivatives, but the proximity of the beaches and the Ria Formosa has led to an increase in the tourism sector. The campsite welcomes hundreds of visitors in the summer, as do hotels and guest houses.
- Armona Island:
Armona Island – is one of the five barrier islands of the Ria Formosa. Of the five, it is one of the most populated, especially during the summer, but it is also one of the most enjoyable for beach or water sports. It is possible to rent private houses on the island. There are restaurants near the port, some of them with family traditional dishes passed from generation to generation.
Island is about 9 km long, with a maximum width of 1400 m at the SW end and a long frontal dune cord from 8 to 9 m in height, robust and well-vegetated. The deposition of sediment to the west is a unique phenomenon in the entire Ria Formosa system and contributes to the narrowing of Barra da Armona.
To the west is the widest part of the island where the village of Armona is located, formed by fishermen and shellfish gatherers. Most of the houses are now used for the owners’ holidays and/or for rent in the summer period.
If you are on vacation and are unable to find the transport to the place where your tour starts, our team will arrange your transport (an additional cost).