All day - ideal to quietly meet the water channels, the islands, the villages, the fauna and flora of Ria Formosa Natural Park.
On this tour, we take you to visit Fuzeta, Barra da Armona and the picturesque Culatra Island and the Hângares. We stop for lunch at Ilha do Farol and then head to Ilha Deserta, where we make a short stop before returning to Fuzeta. It's the full house, the all-in-one, the jackpot that gives you the Ria Formosa and its barrier islands on a plate, in a cocktail of nature, fun, history, culture and gastronomy.
Itinerary: Fuseta - Protected Area of Ria Formosa Natural Park - Armona Bay (30min stop) - Culatra Island - Hangares - Farol Island (2h stop for lunch, price not included) - Deserta Island (30min stop) - Fuseta
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.
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.
Hangares: The existing population is due to the former base of Portuguese Naval Aviation constituted by seaplanes to watch over the coast. They had two hangars (large warehouses) that gave name to the place. Nowadays there are only traces from the base form by the foundation of the hangars The settlement is still recognized for it's chapel, Our Lady of the Rosary of the hangares.
Farol (Lighthouse): The lighthouse was built in 1851 giving the name to this population that developed later around it forming cluster of houses. Now has a high occupational index but rather seasonal. It is a fishing village made up of modest houses, sandy streets and holiday's accommodations facing the estuary. Tourism is now one of the main resources.
Desert or Barreta Island: 8 km long and 70-700 m width. Has very low human occupation. To the east along the lagoon you will find some huts of small fishing storage, a restaurant and a beach with concession next to the bar Faro-Olhão. It has a wooden walkway that runs along the side of the lagoon and ends at the sea coast beach.
Fuseta's Main Church
Old Life-guard house
Oyster and small clams farms
Fuseta Island beach
Homem Nú Beach