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Our most recommended Olhão Tours

  • From Olhão: Ria Formosa Full-Day 3-Island Tour

    1. From Olhão: Ria Formosa Full-Day 3-Island Tour

    Explore the islands of Ria Formosa in Olhão and Faro for an unforgettable and rich experience. Start in Culatra, an island located in the Natural Park of Ria Formosa with about 750 inhabitants, most of them fishermen. Learn about the local history and visit all the small streets and typical houses of the region. Discover the lighthouse and continue to the most peaceful beach in the Algarve on Culatra, which separates the dark blue of the Atlantic Ocean and the light blue of the Ria Formosa. Dive, swim, relax and enjoy the sun. Don’t stress about bringing anything for your beach relaxation, as everything you could need will be provided.

    This trip is worth of money with spectacular view, communicative and insightful tour guide.

  • Olhão: 4-Hour Ria Formosa Islands Tour

    2. Olhão: 4-Hour Ria Formosa Islands Tour

    Navigate the waterways between the barrier islands of Ria Formosa off the coast of Olhão and discover a paradise of nature. Enjoy great views of the Farol Bar and Santa Maria Lighthouse on Farol Island. Stop for lunch in the fishing village of Culatra, home to about 1,000 residents with shops, a school, church, medical office, and even its own football pitch. Savor the local fresh fish at a typical restaurant or go for a nice picnic on the beach. Continue to Armona Bay and island, where you will stop for another 30 minutes to appreciate the nature. Return to Olhão, passing close to several tuna factories and the fishing harbor. See a larger area of Ria Formosa than most other tours, and benefit from the expert knowledge of your skipper to learn about the flora and fauna.

    Great way to explore a bit of the islands and to know some facts and history of Olhão.

  • From Olhão: Ria Formosa Sunset Tour

    3. From Olhão: Ria Formosa Sunset Tour

    After boarding your boat, head out into the sheltered waters of Ria Formosa. Your first stop will be at on Praia Deserta at one of the most pristine beaches in the Algarve. From the beach, head to the village of Ilha da Armona and enjoy a refreshing drink while you contemplate the amazing views. The final stop on your tour is at a deserted beach where you can relax and, in summer, enjoy some swimming or snorkelling. From the beach, you can also enjoy beautiful views of the sunset over the ocean at the end of the day when your group will almost certainly have the beach to yourselves. After about 30 minutes to enjoy the beach and the sunset, you'll board your boat for the return trip Olhão.

    Great day out and lovely experience. Capitán Luís was a fantastic guide and even encouraged/helped us to clean up some ocean trash.

  • Olhão: Ria Formosa Boat Cruise

    4. Olhão: Ria Formosa Boat Cruise

    Set sail from the port of Olhão and travel through the Ria Formosa National Park. Discover beautiful scenery and rich biodiversity with your expert crew. Learn more about the national park and local culture with your expert captain. Cruise by marshes, barrier-islands, islets, dunes, sand bars, and saltpans which are home to a rich variety of flora and fauna. Spot local birds, marine life, and beds of clams and oysters. Make a short stop at Praia Deserta and enjoy the serenity of a tranquil location accessible only by boat. While there, enjoy some time for a swim and to take photos, before returning to Olhão.

    Great experience, the whole day was pure magic, the guide (Louis) in particular was great and gave us even more time than we paid for.

  • From Olhão: Ria Formosa & Culatra Island Half-Day Cruise

    5. From Olhão: Ria Formosa & Culatra Island Half-Day Cruise

    Depart from the port in Olhão and sail through the Ria Formosa Natural Park. Learn about the history and rich biodiversity of the region from the captain as you sail through its natural waterways. Spot local fauna and flora with the binoculars provided. Visit the barrier island of Culatra located in Ria Formosa, which is home to about 750 inhabitants. Take 45 minutes to wander around the streets of the village and learn about its traditions and customs. Sample delicious local cuisine in one of the cafés or restaurants, your captain will be happy to recommend the best spots. After exploring the village, continue to one a desert beach in the Algarve region on the island. Enjoy some time swimming and taking photos in a tranquil location before returning to Olhão.

  • Olhão: 3-Hour Ria Formosa Boat Tour

    6. Olhão: 3-Hour Ria Formosa Boat Tour

    Observe the nature reserve of the Ria Formosa while being navigated through its channels.  Stop on a desert island where you can swim, relax, and walk on its white sandy beach. You can also stop at one of the island communities Ilha do Farol or Ilha da Culatra. Explore the Ria Formosa area and listen to the detailed explanations that your skipper has to share throughout the tour. Learn about the fauna, flora, and fishing activities.  Discover this unique coastal lagoon that is constantly changing due to the continuous movement of winds, currents, and tides. It is also one of the most important areas for ornithology in Portugal, hosting more than 20,000 birds during the winter season.

  • Ria Formosa: Boat Trip

    7. Ria Formosa: Boat Trip

    Explore one of the less known areas of the eastern Algarve at Ria Formosa. Visit a traditional fishing village, Olhão, before taking a boat ride along the beautiful Ria Formosa. First, visit Olhão, a traditional fishing village, renowned for its cube-shaped white-washed houses, contrasting with the golden sands and the blue sky and sea. Here, you have an opportunity to explore the famous market with its large selection of fish. Take a wonderful boat trip along the Ria Formosa, an unforgettable visit along the waterways of this beautiful Natural Park, and one of the most impressive in Europe with very rich flora and fauna. See the peaceful beauty of some of the better-known islands of this area on the scenic waterways. Stop in one of these Islands where you can enjoy a stroll along the pristine sands, the sunshine and also have time to swim in these beautiful crystal waters. If you wis...

  • Algarve: Off-the-Beaten-Path Day Trip

    8. Algarve: Off-the-Beaten-Path Day Trip

    Explore the hidden gems and secret sites of the Algarve on this day trip. Have an unforgettable experience as you tour incredible landscapes, traditional fishing villages, ancient towns, and the charming countryside of Algarve.

    Your day trip begins with an interesting visit to a salt pan. See how the finest salt in Portugal is produced, be dazzled by the brightness of the neat rows of salt pans, and learn about the age-old tradition in the area.

    Afterward, appreciate the natural beauty of the Ria Formosa estuary, a wide expanse of canals, marshlands, and sandbanks. The natural park serves as an important passage area to numerous species of migrating birds between North Europe and Africa and is a paradise for birdwatchers. Your next stop is Olhão, a traditional fishing village, known for its cube-shaped white-washed houses that contrast with the golden san...

  • East Algarve: Private Half-Day Coastal Tour

    9. East Algarve: Private Half-Day Coastal Tour

    During your East Algarve Coastal tour, you will visit Cacela Velha, a tiny village perched on top of a cliff, looking out over the sea, a jewel that has remained untouched for centuries. In the main square, you will see the heart of the village, the medieval cistern. You will also enjoy a visit to the town’s fortress, built in 1794 and to the main church with its collection of religious art. Here, you can marvel at the most beautiful sunsets in the Algarve. Next, enjoy a visit to Castro Marim, one of the oldest towns in the Algarve. From the Fort of São Sebastião and the Castle of Castro Marim, you will view the “lands of Spain and sands of Portugal”, just like the cry of the lookout aboard the caravels, which is celebrated in a popular song. Take in the beauty of the marsh and the salt-pans of Vila Real de Santo António and Ayamonte shining in the distance, between the waters of the G...

  • Ria Formosa: Tour to Paradise Boat Tour

    10. Ria Formosa: Tour to Paradise Boat Tour

    Get back to nature in the barrier islands of Ria Formosa Natural Park and discover a unique lagoon system that constantly changes according to the movement of the winds. Experience the natural beauty of the Algarve away from the tourist resorts and marvel at the area's amazing biodiversity. See birds nests and learn about the mollusks and crustaceans that provide revenue for the local seafood producers. Climb aboard a boat in Olhão for a 4-hour trip to observe the flora and fauna of the barrier islands from the water.  Stop at one of the islands to take a relaxing stroll on the golden sands and see the typical fishing villages of the area. Get the chance to visit the market in Olhão before or after your boat trip, and marvel at the wide variety of fresh seafood on sale, including clams, oysters and more. Lunch on the islands can be arranged (not included in the tour price). Enjoy free ...

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What people are saying about Olhão

Overall rating

4.9 / 5

based on 12 reviews

The most beautiful and idyllic excursion I have done in the Algarve, I will certainly recommend it to everyone who comes, we had a great day and we got to know these islands that I personally did not know about their existence and especially that people lived there, we had time to walk through them , bathe and eat, it was a day 10 and I do not rule out repeating again in the future, our guide Victor Hugo a fisherman from there of a lifetime made everything very enjoyable and treated us super well.

I had booked the tour for Monday, I asked to anticipate Sunday and it was possible, all in a quick and easy way. We arrived at the stand and Carlos welcomed us in the best possible way giving us all the information. Then Vitor Hugo, our guide, took us by boat to the various islands, showing himself to be friendly, helpful and experienced. We spent a pleasant day in a relaxing atmosphere without the stress of rushing (the tour lasted 6/7 hours).

Great day out and lovely experience. Capitán Luís was a fantastic guide and even encouraged/helped us to clean up some ocean trash.

This trip is worth of money with spectacular view, communicative and insightful tour guide.

Great way to explore a bit of the islands and to know some facts and history of Olhão.