Walk part of the Via Algarviana or cycle along the Ecovia Algarve
The 'Via Algarviana' is a marked out walking/cycling trail (GR route) crossing the entire Algarve (in the north of the region). There are various sections for shorter, medium or long walks and all information including maps can be found on the following website: www.viaalgarviana.org
Sited between Vila Real and the historic town of Castro Marim, this 2,000-hectare reserve is an area of wetlands and salt marches providing excellent conditions for over 150 species of resident and migratory birdlife including flamingos, redshanks, storks and avocets. There are tracks and trails ideal for walking or cycling and it can be easily reached using the N125 coastal road or the A22 motorway.
Located on the outskirts of the fishing town of Olhão, (east of the town off N125), this 60-hectare reserve sites the headquarters of the Ria Formosa Natural Park, acting as an environmental education centre with recovery projects and a restored tidal mill. There are walking trails, pick-nick areas and countless species of bird and animal life to spot.
Stretching some 60km from Faro to Cacela Velha, this natural park was established in 1987 and is formed of an extensive lagoon area of marches, saltpans, islets and channels sheltered by barrier islands. The warm and highly nutritious waters are rich in shellfish and home to countless birdlife, together to being home to several small fishing communities on the outer islands.