In this beautiful southern part of the Algarve, you can enjoy a truly authentic Portuguese experience. Discover the natural beauty of the varied landscapes, magical lagoons of Ria Formosa Natural Park, picturesque towns and the alluring coastline with some of Europe’s finest beaches in exceptional weather conditions throughout the year. A large range of (water) sports and activities from kite surfing, cycling, hiking, bird watching, canoeing, among others are well presented in this region to live unique experiences.
National Park Ria Formosa
Located between the Algarve inland and the Atlantic Ocean this coastal lagoon is the Algarve’s best-kept secret. A true paradise where you discover a huge diversity of eco-systems which attracts a varied range of animal life, including many bird species such as the purple swamphen, the symbol of this Nature Park. The many islands, stunning beaches and the life inside are intrinsically related and contributing to the diversity of the flora and fauna of the region.
To explore by foot, by bike, by solar boat, by ferry, stand up paddle and canoe.
Hiking and Biking
Discover the region in an active and sustainable way and take up the challenge to explore the beautiful landscapes by foot or by bike.
Along the southern coastline of the Algarve, you can enjoy wonderful sunny hours on the golden beaches and dip in the clear waters of the Atlantic. A small collection of the beaches around are Praia Ilha de Tavira, Praia Ilha de Cabanas, Praia Barrill, Praia Estreita, Praia Fuseta, Praia Cabeco and Praia Manta Rota.
Besides the amazing beaches, enchanting National Park and the peaceful countryside the Algarve is also famous for its historical villages and towns.
Within a short drive of 7 km from Altanure by car or by bike, is the most picturesque city in the Algarve, Tavira. Charming, deep-rooted Moorish influences, lie along both sides of the Gilão River entering the Atlantic Ocean at the Ria Formosa Natural Park.
The Moorish architecture, the many renowned Chapels and Churches as well as the market for fresh products and seafood specialities, not to be missed. These seafood specialities and many other tasty dishes can be enjoyed in the many restaurants.
The authentic village Cabanas is located by the Ria Formosa Lagoon and is only a few miles from Tavira. With the river on one side and the sea on the other, giving it a unique blend of fresh and saltwater flora, fauna and wildlife and making it an ideal location for nature lovers enjoying this natural habitat by solar boat, stand up paddle or canoe.
At the beach of Cabanas is a special reserved beach area for kitesufing where a certified kite school is teaching on all levels and you can also rent equipment.
A delightful fishing village also named “Capital of the Octopus”
The fishing fleets in octopus fishing using traditional sustainable techniques while the restaurants have perfected the cooking of this traditional fish. The nearest beaches are Praia do Barril, with the impressive “Cemeterio das Anchoras” been aligned in the sand dunes honouring the small tuna fishing community that once flourished in the area. Praia de Terra Estreita is in front of the village and can be reached directly by ferry.
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