Portugal has roughly 830km of coastline. With its many coves and inlets, today, we explore the beauty of the coastline in the Ria Formosa National Park. Our first stop is Olhão, a traditional Portuguese fishing village renowned for cube-shaped, white-washed houses of the old fishing quarter and two market halls built by the same architect as the Eiffel Tower in Paris. You will have the opportunity to explore the fish famous market with it's and huge selection of produce or take a scenic stroll along the Olhão harbour.
The Ria Formosa Natural Park is one of the most impressive in Europe, boasting rich and varied flora and fauna. Next stop of the day we visit Cacela Velha, a charming hamlet perched on a cliff overlooking the sea, to enjoy the sea views. This village remains untouched by mass tourism and retains a peaceful atmosphere with charming blue and white fishermen’s houses. This is the spot where the Ria Formosa begins, stretching all the way to Faro.
Final stop of the day is in Tavira, to visit a historical restoration of and museum in what was once fishermens' houses. This place was originally a tuna fishing camp called Arraial Ferreira Neto, where the “people of the sea” lived from March to September each year. Here you will learn about the traditional, regional fishing technique called “Almadrava” - using a frame to capture tuna. Tuna fishing is no longr commercially viable in this area, but it is fascinating to see how the traditional way of life must have once been. Afterwards, we head back to resort in the late afternoon.
Included meals: Lunch
Accommodation: Vilar Do Golf by Diamond Resorts, Almancil, Portugal