Ria Formosa's environmental and cultural values ​​celebrated for a week

There are activities in the five municipalities bordered by the Ria Formosa

The Ria Formosa Week will promote the environmental and cultural values ​​associated with this lagoon area, in Loulé, Faro, Olhão Tavira and Vila Real de Santo António, between 1 and 7 April.

This is an initiative aimed at the school community of the five municipalities covered by the Ria Formosa Natural Park (PNRF), "which aims to disseminate information and encourage knowledge and practices that can increase awareness and recognition of the importance of this area", according to the Chamber de Olhão, county where the PNRF is based.

Promoted by the Institute for the Conservation of Nature and Forests, the Ria Formosa Week brings together around 30 different entities, «united in a logic of partnership and cooperation».

Over the course of a week, dozens of activities will be promoted, from bird watching trips to visits to the experimental stations of the Portuguese Institute of the Sea and Atmosphere, including initiatives related to seahorses.

The complete program of the 4th edition of the Ria Formosa Week can be downloaded here (PDF format).

The Ria Formosa is a region of marsh, which extends through the municipalities of Loulé, Faro, Olhão, Tavira and Vila Real de Santo António, covering an area of ​​around 18 thousand and 400 hectares over 60 kilometers, from the river Ancão to the beach at Manta Rota.

It is an area protected by Natural Park status since 1987. Previously, Ria Formosa had Natural Reserve status, established in 1978.

The headquarters of the Ria Formosa Natural Park is located in the Marim Environmental Education Center, in the parish of Quelfes, municipality of Olhão.