The Ria Formosa is an extensive ecosystem that extends through the municipalities of Loulé, Faro, Olhão, Tavira and Vila Real de Santo António, covering an area of about 18,400 hectares over 60 kilometers with a maximum width of about 6 km. This protected area, considered a natural park, is protected by the Atlantic Ocean to the south and intersected by salt marshes and small sandy beaches to the north.
Traditional salt production is a sustainable and environmentally friendly economic activity in which the salt flats are part of an ecosystem that includes microalgae, halophytes and diverse bird life.
The vegetation on the walls of the salt pans provides nesting, shelter, and food for various waterfowl and stabilizes the ponds in the salt pans.
It is one of the three protected natural areas that definitely beautify and make unique the surroundings of Necton. It is a constantly changing lagoon system created by the constant movement of winds, currents and tides.
It has been classified as a natural park since 1987 and has an area of about 18 thousand hectares, protected from the sea by five barrier islands and two peninsulas.
It is a wetland of recognized international value and a privileged habitat. Its socio-economic importance is also remarkable for the great richness and diversity of fish, seafood and shellfish, supported by the breeding and feeding area of these animals: a true natural nursery.
In the heart of the Ria Formosa, between Olhão and Faro, lies Necton, in Belamandil.
As you can easily see, we have a privileged location and clearly identify with the philosophy of preservation of the natural environment, biodiversity and defense of natural heritage.