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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.


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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