Departure - Fuzeta
Joining the All-day Boat tour you will visit the water channels, the islands, the villages, the fauna and flora of the Ria Formosa Natural Park.
On this tour, we take you to discover Fuzeta, Barra da Armona and the picturesque Culatra Island and the Hângares island village. We stop for lunch at Farol Island and then head to Deserta Island, where we make a short stop before returning to Fuzeta.
- Ria Formosa Beach
- Barrier islands line
- Fuseta village
- Ria’s high seas and coastline
- Fuseta Main Church
- Fuseta Fishing Port
- Salt farms
- Bias Tower
- Oyster and small clams farms
- Fuseta Island beach
- Natural inlet
- Homem Nú Beach
- Departure from Fuseta – Ria Formosa Natural Park – Barra da Armona (stop for 30min)
- Culatra Island – Hangares – Farol Island (stop for 2h for lunch, price of the meal is not included)
- Deserta Island (stop for 30min)
- Return to Fuseta
Before location, where now is Fuseta village, was a cluster of huts where fishermen kept their fishing gear. It was known as “Fozeta” (diminutive of mouth). From this fact the current name of the village derives.
Now, the village has about 1900 inhabitants, population grows a lot in high season. The village managed to conserve many houses that are traditional for this area of the Algarve, a cubic shape houses, topped by roof decks and chimneys. Until 2010 there was a set of houses for non-permanent use on the island of Fuzeta. But the winter storms of that year destroyed all of them. On the island, there are now only a few snack bars open in the summer.
The main activity continues to be fishing and its derivatives, but the proximity of the beaches and the Ria Formosa has led to an increase in the tourism sector. The campsite welcomes hundreds of visitors in the summer, as do hotels and guest houses.
Island is 7km long. The initial population came, around 1880, from neighboring villages and was dedicated to sardine fishing. The occupation, currently with about 1000 inhabitants and 350 houses, took place in this place because it is a strategic area related to fishing. They inhabited houses with wooden walls and thatched roofs.
The existing population is due to the former base of Portuguese Naval Aviation constituted by seaplanes to watch over the coast. They had two hangars (large warehouses) that gave name to the place. Nowadays there are only traces from the base form by the foundation of the hangars The settlement is still recognized for it’s chapel, Our Lady of the Rosary of the Hangares.
Farol (Lighthouse) island:
The lighthouse was built in 1851 giving the name to this population that developed later around forming a village. Now the village has a high occupational index but rather seasonal. It is a fishing village made up of modest houses, sandy streets and holiday accommodations facing the estuary. Tourism is now one of the main industries.
Deserta or Barreta Island:
8 km long and 70-700 m width. Has very low human occupation. To the east along the Ria Formosa lagoon, you will find some huts with small fishing storage, a restaurant and a beach with concession next to the bar Faro-Olhão. It has a wooden walkway that runs along the side of the lagoon and ends at the sea coast beach.
If you are on vacation and are unable to find the transport to the place where your tour starts, our team will arrange your transport (an additional cost).