Departing from Fuzeta, a small typical fishing village, we head towards one of the most important islands of Ria Formosa, the Armona Island, passing through exclusive channels in terms of fauna and flora within this well-preserved natural ecosystem. On arrival at Ilha da Armona, we stop for 30 minutes, enough to try out some typical snacks at one of the local restaurants or a quick swim at the Ria. A perfect tour to discover the biodiversity of the Ria Formosa Natural Park which includes the possibility of passing through a couple of oyster nurseries. It is the perfect boat tour for those who wish to quickly discover the Ria Formosa Natural Park and its villages within the islands.
Itinerary: Fuzeta – Protected area of Natural Park – Armona Island (30min stop) – Fuzeta
Fuzeta: Initially the city was just a few huts where the fishermen kept their fishing equipment. This place was initially known as “Fozeta” (diminutive for river mouth in Portuguese) due to his location just by the river mouth of Troncos brook. The actual name of the village, Fuseta, was an update of the first name.
Now Fuseta has 1900 residents, and this number increases a lot in the summer season.The village still have a lot of houses with the typical arquitecture of this side of Algarve, with their cubic shape, the flat roofs, and the balloon shaped chimneys.
Up until 2010 there was a group of houses of non-permanent use on the island. But the storm of that winter destroyed all the houses, which was located in an area with high vulnerability to waves overtopping. So, now, on the island there is just some snack-bars opened on the summer.
The main activity in Fuseta continues to be the fishing and others related with it, but the proximity to the beaches and the Ria has led to an increase of the tourism. The campsite welcomes hundreds of visitors in the summer, such as the hotels and residentials surrounding the village.
Armona Island: The island has about 9 km long, maximum width of 1400m on the SW end and a long frontal dune 8-9 m tall. The dune line is robust and well vegetated till Fuzeta. The deposition of sediment to the west is an unique phenomenon in the whole system of Ria Formosa and contributes to the narrowing of Armona Inlet. The widest part of the island is on the west extreme where we find the town of Armona, formed by fishermens and shellfishes. Nowadays most of the houses serve as holiday homes for owners and/or renting houses in summer period.