Discover paradisiacal beaches within a 3h tour throughout the Ria Formosa, with stops at a beach and a place of interest.
1,2...3. Better than the 1 hour and 2 hour tours, only the 3 hour tour! In Ria Formosa, every second counts: our skippers' experience and friendliness help you to enjoy a personalized trip with absolutely spectacular views while getting to know some details and curiosities about the local wildlife and flora, as well as the history and the culture of the people that live by the sea.
The Culatra Route
Have fun while learning and getting to know more about two of the main islands in the Ria Formosa ecosystem, the Armona and the Culatra islands. This tour departs from the fishing village of Fuzeta towards Ilha da Armona, where we will stop at the Barra (inlet) for approximately 30 minutes. The ideal opportunity for a swim or a quick snack in one of the local restaurants. Afterwards, we head towards the Culatra Island, a place where one of the largest fishing centers in the Algarve still remains, bearing strong traditions related to fishing but also with a strong Christian religious background (procession of Nª Srª dos Navegantes). The island is also famous for its seafood and fresh fish.
The Culatra Route
Itinerary: Fuzeta - Protected area of Ria Formosa Natural Park - Armona Island - Armona Bay (30min stop) - Culatra Island (30min stop) - Fuzeta
Fuzeta: Initially the city was just a few huts where the fishermen kept their fishing equipment. This place was initially known as "Fozeta" (diminutive for river mouth in Portuguese) due to his location just by the river mouth of Troncos brook. The actual name of the village, Fuseta, was an update of the first name.
Now Fuseta has 1900 residents, and this number increases a lot in the summer season.The village still have a lot of houses with the typical arquitecture of this side of Algarve, with their cubic shape, the flat roofs, and the balloon shaped chimneys.
Up until 2010 there was a group of houses of non-permanent use on the island. But the storm of that winter destroyed all the houses, which was located in an area with high vulnerability to waves overtopping. So, now, on the island there is just some snack-bars opened on the summer.
The main activity in Fuseta continues to be the fishing and others related with it, but the proximity to the beaches and the Ria has led to an increase of the tourism. The campsite welcomes hundreds of visitors in the summer, such as the hotels and residentials surrounding the village.
Armona Island: The island has about 9 km long, maximum width of 1400m on the SW end and a long frontal dune 8-9 m tall. The dune line is robust and well vegetated till Fuzeta. The deposition of sediment to the west is an unique phenomenon in the whole system of Ria Formosa and contributes to the narrowing of Armona Inlet. The widest part of the island is on the west extreme where we find the town of Armona, formed by fishermens and shellfishes. Nowadays most of the houses serve as holiday homes for owners and/or renting houses in summer period.
Culatra Island: The island has 7km long and the initial population came almost in 1880 from near villages dedicated to the fishing of sardines from the fishing frame. The village, currently with about 1000 inhabitants and 350 houses, occurred from being a strategic area for fishing. Dwelling houses with wooden walls and thatched roofs.
Fuseta's Main Church
Old Life-guard house
Oyster and small clams farms
Fuseta Island beach
Homem Nú Beach