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Natura Algarve

Culatra island, one of the barrier islands of Ria Formosa

20.11.2014 // Natura Algarve

Ilha da Culatra - Ria Formosa

The largest part of this natural protected area in the Algarve is the Ria Formosa lagoon system that is protected in the south by 5 barrier islands that are separated from each other by movable bars some of which are artificially attached and that establish communication between the estuary and the ocean.

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These sandy islands and peninsulas stretch out 60km along the coast protecting the lagoon and its labyrinths of toad-holes, channels, silt areas and small islands.

One of these 5 barrier islands is the Culatra Island, the only one that is populated by humans, which are a unique fishing community. Formerly known as the Cães (dogs) Island, Culatra still offers nowadays desert beaches with crystal clear waters, a long beach protected by dunes that are rich in scent and colour and excited sanderlings searching for food.

Duna Culatra Praia da Culatra Bootstour in der Ria Formosa . Olhão . Algarve dsc_3034.JPG

Book a boat tour, ride along the Ria Formosa channels and stop at Culatra island. Stroll along the low and colourful houses, though its natural charm and taste the local gastronomy.

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