A Natural Park since 1987, the Ria Formosa is one of the 7 Natural Wonders of Portugal. A stunningly complex lagoon system with a huge diversity of fauna and flora, it is in a permanent state of flux due to the influence of winds, currents and tides. The natural park designation does not only protect local wildlife, such as flamingos, seahorses and precious birds, but also the small fishing communities who rely on traditional and sustainable fishing methods that otherwise would be lost to mass development. A visit to a traditional oyster farm is included.
This tour is ideal for romantic guests who would love to visit beautiful beaches and add some romance to their stay. You will take the most incredible photos and make precious memories while riding along an unspoiled sandy beach close to the surf. Then, trot back to the hotel along the scenic orange tree trails, all while learning more about these incredible creatures.
A natural, outdoor, mineral-rich water spa works as a new therapy centre in the salt ponds of Castro Marim. Our Portuguese “dead sea” is a must, combining traditional salt production with an innovative open-air spa. Bathing in a salt pan is definitely an experience. A natural one. Unlike a traditional contemporary spa, here the natural surroundings are made out of wood and clay, blue skies and the sun. The pond is composed of argila, a special clay that softens your skin and contains 80 different minerals.
Enjoy a bird’s-eye view of the beautiful Algarve landscape and fly aboard a gyrocopter –feel the unique thrill of a memorable and safe flight. Watch the region from above and let your spirit be free… During the flight, you can discover three breathtaking protected areas: the Salt Marsh Reserve of Castro Marim and VRSA; the National Forests of Monte Gordo and Santa Rita, and the inexplicably beautiful Ria Formosa in its wildest form, between Cacela Velha and the fishing villages of Santa Luzia and Fuseta. Making the most of the Algarve’s stunning natural heritage.
Although there are remnants of olive trees in Portugal from the Bronze Age, it was the Romans and later the Visigoths and Arabs that contributed mostly to the development of its cultivation. Discover the olive tree culture, the production process of olive oil and take part in a tasting of this amazing liquid gold – this is the best way to compare different oils and choose the ones you enjoy the most to take home with you.