Trek in Ria Formosa in the Algarve: Hiking and bird-watching in Ludo and Quinta do Lago

Get in touch with the biodiversity of birds and plants in the marshland in Portugal at the Ría Formosa Natural Park on a hike. Let the experienced guide show you around and fill you in on all the facts to do with the flora and fauna in the Algarve.

  • Tour / activity duration: ~3 hours
  • Languages: English, Spanish, French, Portuguese
  • Transfer: included in selected offers
  • The best insider tips
  • English-speaking service
  • Hassle-free booking change or cancellation
  • Usually cheaper than at site

Price overview

  • Guided Ria Formosa hike - 3h - per excursion, max. 4 people120.-€
  • Guided Ria Formosa bird-watching hike - 3h - per excursion, max. 4 people140.-€
Lap up the luscious landscapes

Overview / General Information

Hiking in Ría Formosa: Revel in the rural side of Portugal

Come across the beauty of the protected areas around Ludo and Quinta do Lago in the Algarve. Get the lowdown on the local wildlife in the Ría Formosa Nature Park. If you're big on birds then bird-watching would be your cup of tea or maybe you'd rather hike around instead - it's up to you. 


  • Duration: ~ 3 hours
  • Months: possible all-year
  • Languages: English, Spanish, French, Portuguese
  • Starting points: Faro
  • Maximum number of people: 4


  • Professional guide

Option 1: Guided Walk in Ría Formosa Nature Park

Go hiking in the Ria Formosa Natural Park and explore nature in Portugal. Get picked up from the meeting point in Faro and let your guide lead you to the start point for the trek. Walk around the nature park for 3 hours and find out everything there is to know about shellfish farming and salt production. 


  • Hours: 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
  • Days: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday


  • Transfer
  • Transfer: from the meeting point to the starting point of the walk and return

Option 2: Guided Tour with bird-watching in the Ría Formosa

Let yourself be enchanted by the unique world of birds in the Ría Formosa Natural Park. Get yourself ready for three hours of bird-watching in the Algarve where you can use binoculars, a telescope and bird maps to enhance the experience. 


  • Hours: 8:30 AM - 11:30 AM
  • Days: Monday, Wednesday, Friday / additionally on Tuesday from January to June


  • Binoculars, telescope and bird identification guides

Detailed description

The Ria Formosa on foot: go trekking in the Algarve 

Get to know the local flora and fauna in the Ria Formosa Nature Park on a hike that lasts 3 hours. Explore the fascinating area near Faro on foot. Take advantage of the pretty panoramic views of the Algarve coastline on a hike that heads right through the fantastic flora and fauna. Hike in the Ria Formosa Natural pack and get in touch with nature in Portugal. Kick the hiking tour off in Faro and learn all about the wildlife in Portugal. Learn about the salt production and farming industry. When the tide is out, watch the local workers cultivating the mussels. The salts are often referred to white gold because of their high quality. Check out the little villages trekking in and around Ria Formosa. Stop off and snap photos of the top spots in the sunlight. 

Bird-watching in the Algarve is best done in the Ludo Quinta do Lago area and it's well-known for that. A 3-hour tour will show you the best birds in the Algarve. See another side to Portugal as you get acquainted with its nature. Get a better look with the binoculars and telescopes and cut down the risk of going on a wild goose chase by checking the bird maps and taking the guide's advice on board. Trek around the terrific seemingly untouched natural haven. Keep your eyes peeled for the Little Bitterns, the Pochards and the exotic Black-headed Weavers as you stroll through the Algarve. The wetland serves as a popular resting place for migratory birds but has its fair share of its own native birds as well.


Valid on the reserved day or for 12 months after date of purchase if no date has been selected. You will receive the tour operator's details with the purchased ticket. Attention: reservation is required! The reservation can be made through sunbonoo as part of the booking process or later by contacting the tour operator directly via phone or email.

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