4. PAR­QUE NAT­U­RAL DA RIA FOR­MOSA

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Ria For­mosa Nat­u­ral Park is mostly a la­goon sys­tem stretch­ing for 60km along the Al­garve coast­line and en­com­pass­ing 18,000ha, from west of Faro to Cacela Velha. It en­closes a vast area of sa­pal (marsh), sali­nas (salt pans), creeks and dune is­lands. To the west there are sev­eral fresh­wa­ter lakes; the marshes are an im­por­tant area for mi­grat­ing and nest­ing birds. This is an edited ex­tract from

(9th edi­tion) by Regis St Louis, et al. © Lonely Planet 2014. Pub­lished this month, RRP: $39.99.

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