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Ria Formosa Natural Park

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Ria Formosa Natural Park
Location Centro de Educação Ambiental de Marim - Quelfes
8700- OLHÃO
District:Faro
County :Olhão
Parish:Quelfes
Contacts Tel:289704134
Fax:289704165
Email:pnrf@icn.pt

Established in 1987, this park has an area of 18400 ha of a lagoon system, covering 60 km coastline between Garrão beach (west from Faro island) and Mantarrota beach (east from Cancela-a-Velha). This is a labyrinth of canals, islands, fens and sand banks formed by sludges brought by the water flows and the sea. In the south, the “ria” (drowned river valley) is limited by a narrow dune corridor, allowing here and there tidal water to flow into. A few kilometres away from Olhão, you will find Quinta de Marim, the headquarters of natural park interpretation centre, specifically created to welcome visitors. Quinta de Marim presents a significant sample of existing natural assets of the main ecosystems of Ria Fornosa. The migratory fauna of the North of Africa passes here on its way to Europe. The birds that flow from North and Central Europe hibernate in Ria Formosa during Winter. The purple swamphen or sultana bird, a symbol of the natural park, is one of the rarest species in Europe. This species lives only in Spain and in Portugal, in Ria Formosa or in the estuary of Quarteira river stream.

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Responsable: Instituto de Conservação da Natureza/Director: José Carlos Barros

Observations: There is na Interpretation Centre in Quelfes.

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MORE INFORMATION

Responsable: Instituto de Conservação da Natureza/Director: José Carlos Barros

Observations: There is na Interpretation Centre in Quelfes.

If any of the information is incorrect, please send an email to lifecooler office

Localização Centro de Educação Ambiental de Marim - Quelfes
8700- OLHÃO
Distrito:Faro
County:Olhão
Parish:Quelfes
Contactos Tel:289704134
Fax:289704165
Email:pnrf@icn.pt
www.icn.pt

If any of the information is incorrect, please send an email to lifecooler office

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