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Natura Algarve

Ilha da Culatra

31.01.2013 // Natura Algarve

Surely you already heard about the five barrier islands of the Natural Park of Ria Formosa which extend over 60 km of coastline. But do you know its true essence? Did you know that the dunes serve as breeding grounds for Little Tern, the only colony that breeds in Portugal?

Ilha da Culatra

And that Culatra Island is a fishing community with unique characteristics? It was known in the past as Isle of the Dogs and had a very distinct geography that we know today. It was once a place of possible eradication of pests, has been a shelter for fishermen and houses made of timber and Marram grass.


At the present Culatra Island has the only resident community in the lagoon system, deserted beaches with crystal clear waters, a long coast line made by sand dunes rich in scents and colours, sandpipers frantic in their relentless search for food. Book a boat tour in the channels of the Ria Formosa and stop on this island. Walk down the colourful houses, along its natural beauty, enjoy the local cuisine and finish the day with a fantastic return in the evening, prime hour for a warm sunset.

 Sunset in the Ria Formosa

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