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 Tuna Fish Route
The tuna fish has been for centuries one of the most appreciated - and valued - delicacies in the Mediterranean. In the Algarve, tuna fishing has both a history and a tradition, and there are many delicacies such as muxama (tuna ham) and estupeta (tuna that are still highly appreciated by locals. In this tour, which departs from Santa Luzia, you will get to know some of the places that are part of the tuna fishing identity, such as Tavira Island (where still today there is an "Armação", an underwater cage for capturing and growing this species).
The Tuna Fish Route
Itinerary: Sta. Luzia - Terra Estreita - Quatro Águas - Tavira Island (30min stop) - Cabanas de Tavira (30min stop) - Sta. Luzia
Santa Luzia : It has 1794 residents. Santa Luzia is linked to fishing practice since its origin. The first residents established on the territory in 1577, and they were fishermen.The village’s name came from the first building constructed in the territory, the hermitage, built by fishermen and dedicated to Santa Luzia, a sicilian martyr and protector of the suffering of the eyes, which became the patron saint of the parish.
The fishing was initially done with trawl nets and hooks, and from 1842 to mid-twentieth century, with the appearance of the Barril armação, by tuna fishing with harpoons. In 1927 the fishermen start the octopus fishing with buckets and pots, and that’s why Santa Luzia is still knowned as the "capital of the octopus”.
The main activity continues to be the fishing, but the tourism industry has been also having a huge development. The village is knowned by her closed link between her restoration and the confection of dishes based on octopus. And factors such as proximity to Tavira (5min. 2.5 miles), and traditional recreational activities developed in the summer, and the proximity to Tavira Island and the beaches of Terra Estreita and Barril, extremely crowded in the summer, have contributed to the expansion of tourists on the village.
A) Terra Estreita Beach - beach facilities, bars and activities available with high quality.
B) Tavira Island - voted one of the best beaches in Europe, the route from ria to the beach is surrounded by the camping and several restaurants and bars.This is the only island with a camping park.
Desert Beach- in Cabanas Island on the east side of Tavira bay, this beach is the getaway of crowds and one of the best beaches to relax or discover the Natural Park of Ria Formosa on a pleasant walk.
C) Tavira - the city is divided by the Gilão river, which is surrounded by shops and restaurants, and a historic center rich in archaeological marcs of the Phoenicians and Islamics, convents with brands of the periods Gothic and Manueline, Renaissance churches and Baroque chapels.
D) Cabanas Island - SW side, deserted beach.One of the eastern Algarve beaches most crowded due to its location, opposite to the city of Cabanas de Tavira and ease access via ferry boats or water taxis.
E) Cabanas de Tavira - fishermen village with a rehabilitated waterfront with a new wooden walkway that goes through all the village, passing through numerous cafes, restaurants and craft shops.
Market and fish auction
Terra Estreita beach