The Ria Formosa Natural Reserve is a prominent feature of the central Algarve. Running for 170 kilometers, from Albufeira to Tavira, this coastal lagoon is protected by a series of barrier islands. Hundreds of bird species and rich sea life flourish in this protected environment.
There are many hiking and boating options available to see the Ria Formosa. The newest, and most modern option is to catch a ride on the sleek Jamanta (Portuguese for “manta ray”).
The Jamanta is a new initiative from Amaris, the organization responsible for managing the gorgeous Ilha Deserta beach and the delicious Estaminé restaurant. The majestic vessel was created for small tours and large parties. It features a large rooftop deck and water level enclosed space with food and bar service, and even a DJ desk.
Tours begin at the Cais da Porta Nova in Faro. The Jamanta cruises the riverways and inlets of the Ria Formosa providing spectacular, up-close views of flora and fauna. Depending on the tour package, the agenda may include a relaxing stop at the Ilha Deserta, 11 kilometers of pristine white sandy beach.
Guests may also choose to dine at Estaminé. This popular restaurant, with unobstructed views of the sea, serves the freshest fish and shellfish, along with other genuine Algarvian specialties.
Check the Jamanta website for various tour times and events. In the winter, the central heating installation ensures comfort for viewing the Ria from the inside cabin. In summer, there’s no better view of the sunset than from the rooftop deck.
For more information, visit the Jamanta website.
Jamanta | Cais da Porta Nova, 8005 Faro | 37º 0′ 45” N, 7º 56′ 9” W | +351 917 811 856 | firstname.lastname@example.org | Everyday – 8:00 to 17:00