Algarve is a long stretch of land that covers the whole of Portugal’s southern coast. It’s the best holiday destinations in the whole of Europe, known for its fantastic white sandy beaches and clear blue waters, its privileged climate and top-notch golf courses.
Algarve has everything from modern cities, to small fisherman’s villages, water parks and zoos, and the Ria Formosa Natural Park, famous for its beauty.
Ria Formosa Natural Park:-
Wetland of international importance, the Ria Formosa is full of canals, islands, marshes and barrier islands, stretching 60kms along the Algarve coast, between the beaches of Manta Rota and Garrão.
In the diversity of ecosystems there are varied fauna, including numerous species of birds. One of the rarest is the “galinha-sultana (sultan hen)”, symbol of the Natural Park, and a type of bird that you can’t find anywhere else in the country.
Besides fishing, salt extraction and harvesting of shellfish, there are other traditional activities in Ria like creating gastronomic delicacies such as fish soup or rice razor clam, which you can be enjoyed peacefully in some restaurants on the seafront.
One of the nicest species that can be found here, is the Portuguese water dog. This is a breed of dogs that helps the fishermen in their toil, diving and catching fish that got trapped in nets.
The Natural Park of Ria Formosa can be visited throughout the year, although you should avoid the high summer season if you’re seeking peace and tranquility.
Spending one day at one of the Algarve water parks is sure a fun day; both for kids and for adults. There are plenty of slides, tunnels, free falls (almost), inflatable mattresses, giant buoys, wave pools and fountains. Everything is a reason to refresh the body and enliven the day.
One of Portugal’s biggest water parks, Aqualand is the perfect location for an unforgettable day out. Enjoy attractions for all ages such as Kamikaze (95m high), Crazy Race, Banzai and Mini Park. The park is usually open from June to September between 10am and 6pm, for more precise information and prices see official website. There are more amusement and water park in Algarve like Zoomarine, Aquashow and Slide and Splash to spend the day.
Vilamoura is amongst Europe’s biggest and best beach resorts. This is truly a ‘one stop’ holiday destination offering just about everything from water sports to walks and golf courses to horse riding to name a few.
Vilamoura nightlife is filled with the choice of bars, restaurants and cafés around the famous Marina and the nightclubs and discos in the town. There is also a Casino with bandits, tables and dancing girls!
For the more adventure there are boat trips at golden beaches along the coast to see the stunning cliffs and caves of the Algarve and a Roman ruin ‘Cerro da Vila’ including baths, a fascinating mosaic and informative museum.
Vilamoura has something for all the family and makes it the best in European holiday destinations.