Fishing in the Algarve
Gallery of images of a variety of subjects related to the two thousand year old history of the fishing industry in the Algarve from the times of the Roman Empire until today
Boca do Rio: Roman fishing site
Excavation of a Roman fishing site (I - V Century)
Boca do Rio: Tanks for salted fish
These tanks were used for the production of "garum"
© BRIO Project
Alvor: Fisherman's statue
This famous statue of a fisherman is a reminder of the importance of the fishing industry, the area’s most important economic sector in former times. The statue is made of stones from the area.
Praia do Barril: Anchor cemetery
The anchors placed among the dunes of the Ilha de Tavira are a reminder of the glorious past of tuna fishing in the Algarve, when they were used to fix the fishermen's nets to the seabed.
Tavira: Museum of tuna fishing
The small museum is situated in the former bakery of the camp
Tavira: Museu da Pesca do Atum
Photos and a video showing the tuna capture process
CEAM: Info Centre
A model of the method of tuna fishing in the Algarve, where the nets were fixed to the ground by anchors.
Portuguese Water Dog Ahoy!
Portuguese water dogs were trained to herd fish into fishermen's nets, to retrieve lost tackle or broken nets, and to act as couriers from ship to ship, or ship to shore.
Sagres: Fishing Port
View to the fishing port located on the east side of the town, where the fishing boats enter the harbour every afternoon from Monday to Friday with their daily catch. Fishmongers from near and far come here to purchase fresh fish and seafood by auction.
Sagres: Fishing Port
The fishing boats entering the harbour in the afternoon unload their catch on the quay opposite the auction hall. After disembarkment the catch is manually sorted by type and size. The stackable boxes will be weighed in the auction hall before being sold.
Sagres: Fishing Port
These weirs are used to catch sought-after lobster and crayfish along Sagres' rocky coast.
This part of the long sandy beach is used by local fishermen.
Lagos: Fishing port
A fishing boat unloads its catch, amidst the screeching seagulls flocking around it, searching for food.
Fuseta: Fishermen's boats
Fuseta: Fishing weirs
Olhão: Shipyard near the fishing port
View from the upper part to the little harbour in the bay of Alvor, where several excellent fish & seafood restaurants are located.
Alvor: Fresh from the grill
We found this man preparing a squid kebab (“Espetada de lulas”) on the charcoal grill on the Ria de Alvor lagoon. A few minutes later this delicious speciality was served in one of the fish & seafood restaurants near Alvor’s small harbour.
Olhão: Festival do Marisco
This festival, taking place in the Jardim Pescadores Olhanense near the market hall attracts thousands of locals and tourists on 6 nights mid of August. They enjoy an overwhelming selection of seafood prepared in a variety of styles, life music and the peaceful and fascinating ambience of a summer night in the South.
Olhão: Edifício do Compromisso Marítimo
This building, erected in 1771 opposite the main church, is today hosting the municipal museum. It was originally the location of the association of the local fishermen. The name of the buildig reminds to a historical milestone in 1765, when king Joao I granted to the fishermen of Olhao the same rights as Faro.
Olhão: Capela Nossa Senhora dos Aflitos
This chapel, especially popular with the fishermen and their families, is situated on the backside of the parish church.
Fuseta: Oyter bank near the Ilha da Armona
Ilha da Culatra Oyster banks
Oyster banks on the lagoon side shore of the Culatra Island. Fresh oysters from the grill (ostras al vapor) are a local delicacy.
Ria de Alvor
Oyster and mussel banks
Ria do Alvor
Angler on top of the cliffs
Praia do Loule Velho: angler
Praia de Loule Velho Angler
Ilha da Culatra Rescue Centre 1813
The rescue centre on the Ilha da Culatra was already erected in 1813 to save people shipwrecked in the Ria Formosa
Fuseta: Rescue Centre
Quinta do Lago: Clammer
Ilha da Culatra
This is the plave where the local fishermen are repairing and drying their nets
Ilha da Barreta
Fishermen's cottages on the Ilha Deserta (Ilha da Barreta)
Praia de Monte Gordo
Weirs at the back side of the fishermen's cottages.
Olhos d’Agua: Fishermen's cottages
Cottages from the local fishermen are located on the eastern section of the beach, where they store their nets and other equipment.
Ria Formosa: Fishermen's huts
Fuseta: Fishing boats
Faro: wreck of a fishing boat in the Ria Formosa
Ludo: Planks covered with shells