Fuseta- The unknown ParadiseWho knows, don’t forget!
Fuseta or Fuzeta, named after ”Foseta” originates from the “Ribeiro do Tronco” a little river that flows to the sea. This is a small fishing village that has been known since the Portuguese discoveries, when some crew members of the caravel began fishing here.
The typical fishing village has narrow streets that were formed from randomly-constructed cabins. Fuseta was for many years home to cod fishermen and other artisanal fisheries from Ria Formosa. The village retains its cubist houses with their terraces and white chimneys, which are a true exemplary of the typical architecture of Olhão area.
At Fusetas’ feet, the dune formed beaches and are enjoyed by visitors and the pride of its people. Currently tourism is part of the local economy, with Fuseta Island as its main attraction – actually it still belongs to Armona Island- and has thousands of visitors during the summer season.
We feel we have given the village a great contribution to the village, as we have been providing this small but wonderful journey for over 20 years.
Over the years, Fuseta has seen great potential as a tourist attraction for its traditional nature, its frame with the Ria Formosa, for its beaches, and for the artisanal fisheries that many tourists visiting this wonderful village enjoy. Additionally, the delicious seafood caught in the region is found in the restaurants of Fuseta.
Fuseta- The Island
There are two beaches in Fuseta: one called “Praia dos tesos” and the Island.
The first one is the only you can consider accessible for swimming in the sea in Olhão area. The second one is a small piece of paradise only accessed by boat. It is our pleasure to provide this trip of a few minutes for everyone to enjoy one of the whitest sand and clearest water beach in the Algarve.
You could say that is a completely new beach. This is because in 2010 the sea crossed the island where previously were several houses, demolishing them to the ground. If you are curious to find out more, you can view these videos (TVI report – SIC report). The officials decided to clean the entire beach to rebuild it, resulting in a cleaner beach and without permanent buildings.
At the moment it is an extraordinary beach, with a long and clean sands and clear water. It may seem unbelievable but with a 5 minutes’ walk you will be completely isolated, giving you the feeling of being on a deserted beach.
The Ria Formosa Natural Park extends from the beach of Manta Rota to Ancão. It is only 60 km but with unique and breathtaking landscapes.
The Ria Formosa is composed of large extensions of dunes, a line of islands and sandy peninsulas that extends roughly parallel to the coast and protecting a maze of lagoons, with muddy areas, canals, marshes, salt flats, and islets.
This lagoon system of Ria Formosa is an area of great importance from the point of view of birdlife, as it represents a resting area for migratory birds and wintering place for a considerable number of waterfowl.
Among other species we can find flamingos, snowy egret (present almost everywhere in the estuary), the heron, the spoonbill, stilts and gannets. In addition to birds, we find a huge variety of natural inhabitants, unique or rare species that find shelter, food or reproduce themselves in this paradise called Ria Formosa like chameleons, seahorses, eels and beside other species of fish and shellfish.
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