·The Ria Formosa National Park is one of the natural wonders of Portugal and indeed a very special area for all Algarvians.It was formed as a National Park in…
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Within the Tavira area there are two main barriers islands, Ilha de Tavira and Ilha de Cabanas. Both are within easy reach of Tavira itself. They are a focus for both tourists and locals alike throughout the year, but especially in the spring and summers months where the Tavira area welcomes many visitors. Both islands provide unique beach locations.
Ria Formosa also has other of areas economic importance due to the variety of fish, shellfish and molluscs. Clams are widely cultivated in this area where production makes up about 80% of total exports of the country. Cockles and Mussels can be seen being harvested by local fishermen daily at low tide in the towns and villages along this part of the Algarve coastline.
Ria Formosa Because of the natural features and unique location it is included as a wetland of world-wide interest and designated as such under the Ramsar Convention. This is an intergovernmental treaty that provides the framework for national action and international cooperation for the conservation and wise use of wetlands and their resources.
The Ria Formosa National Park is one of the natural wonders of Portugal and indeed a very special area for all Algarvians. It was formed as a National Park in 1987 but of course it has evolved over many thousands of years. It covers approximately 18,000 hectares and is made of 5 barrier islands and 2 peninsulas that enclose a system of tidal lagoons. It extends along the leeward coast of the Algarve through the municipalities of Loulé, Faro, Olhão, Tavira and Vila Real de Santo António.