Departure - Fuzeta
Discover paradise beaches on a boat ride along the Ria Formosa, with stops at the beach and a place of interest.
At Ria Formosa, every minute counts: the experience and friendliness of our skippers help you to enjoy a personalized trip, with spectacular views, interesting details and facts about the local fauna and flora, as well as the history and the culture of the people of the Algarve coast.
- 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
- Barra da Armona (stop for 30min)
- Culatra Island (stop for 30min)
- Return to Fuzeta
Have fun while getting to know about two of the main islands in the Ria Formosa ecosystem: Armona and Culatra. A ride from the fishing village of Fuzeta, towards Ilha da Armona (Island), where we will stop in Barra, approximately for 30 minutes. Ideal location for a swim or a quick snack in one of the local restaurants. Then, get to know Culatra Island, where today locates one of the largest fishing centers in the Algarve. On the island, fishing-related traditions are still strong, as a religion with a procession of Nª Srª dos Navegantes.
Before 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, population grows a lot in high season. The village managed to conserve many houses that are traditional for this area of the Algarve, a 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.
- Culatra Island:
Island is 7km long. The initial population came, around 1880, from neighboring villages and was dedicated to sardine fishing. The occupation, currently with about 1000 inhabitants and 350 houses, took place in this place because it is a strategic area related to fishing. They inhabited houses with wooden walls and thatched roofs.
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).