Ria Formosa Fuzeta, a GPS route from B&B Cas al Cubo
Ria Formosa Fuzeta starts at the hart of the Ria Formosa wetlands. Here you find the sleepy fishing town of Fuzeta. Our walk starts at the Fuzeta harbour and runs westbound towards Olhão over the small dikes that have been created in the Ria Formosa to make the salt pans. This 8 mile walk leads through flat land and is not tiring. The more surprising it was when we discovered that it took us over 3 hours to complete the track.
After leaving the urban area, we walk into a landscape where silence is only broken by the songs of the large amounts of bird species the Ria Formosa hosts. We feel an immediate regret for not bringing our big photo camera. A pallet of colours fights for our attention. Bright white and ochre coloured sands, green and red sea weeds and saltwater plants, the bright blue sky with every now and then a fluff of cloud mirrored in the water alternate with big pollen of rustling reeds and grassy pieces of land and traditional wooden sluices, between the saltpans. It is a fairylike bright sunny day in the Algarve.
We start our walk at upcoming tide in the Ria Formosa. Slowly the water repossesses the wetlands and flows back into the pans. The first part of the track follows the Ecovia Algarviana, a bicycle route that runs from east to west through the Algarve following the southern coastline. Every now and then a sweating mountain biker passes and we cannot resist leaving the prescribed route and entering the small dikes along the saltpans, looking at the birds in the water. Flamingos, Storks, Spoonbills, Avocets, Black Winged Stilts, Eurasian Curlews and of course many smaller birds like Larks, Sardinian Warblers, Goldfinches and many, many kinds we cannot determine. The winter wetlands are a busy place!
Near Fonte Santa, a small tunnel below the train tracks leads us out of the Ria Formosa wetlands and through the quiet hamlets a little more inland, we walk back towards Fuzeta. Every now and again we still get a beautiful view over the wetlands in all their astonishing colours until the water devours all. This walk is a relatively easy one, everybody can manage it and it will leave you mesmerized by the beauty of the Eastern Algarve wetlands of the Ria Formosa. We have finished the day with a nice meal at the Fuzeta harbour.