4. PARQUE NATURAL DA RIA FORMOSA
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.