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

Boca do Rio: Roman fishing site

Excavation of a Roman fishing site (I - V Century)

 

© LUSO


Boca do Rio: Tanks for salted fish

Boca do Rio: Tanks for salted fish

These tanks were used for the production of "garum"

 

© BRIO Project


Alvor: Fisherman's statue

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

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

Tavira: Museum of tuna fishing

The small museum is situated in the former bakery of the camp


Tavira: Museu da Pesca do Atum

Tavira: Museu da Pesca do Atum

Photos and a video showing the tuna capture process


CEAM: Info Centre

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 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

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

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

Sagres: Fishing Port

These weirs are used to catch sought-after lobster and crayfish along Sagres' rocky coast.


Monte Gordo

Monte Gordo

This part of the long sandy beach is used by local fishermen.


Lagos: Fishing port

Lagos: Fishing port

A fishing boat unloads its catch, amidst the screeching seagulls flocking around it, searching for food.


Fuseta: Fishermen's boats

Fuseta: Fishermen's boats


Fuseta: Fishing weirs

Fuseta: Fishing weirs


Olhão: Shipyard near the fishing port

Olhão: Shipyard near the fishing port


Alvor: Bay

Alvor: Bay

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

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

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

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

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

Fuseta: Oyter bank near the Ilha da Armona


Ilha da Culatra Oyster banks

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

Ria de Alvor

Oyster and mussel banks


Ria do Alvor

Ria do Alvor

Oyster banks


Angler on top of the cliffs

Angler on top of the cliffs


Praia do Loule Velho: angler

Praia do Loule Velho: angler


Praia de Loule Velho Angler

Praia de Loule Velho Angler


Ilha da Culatra Rescue Centre 1813

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

Fuseta: Rescue Centre


Quinta do Lago: Clammer

Quinta do Lago: Clammer


Armona-muschelsammler

Armona-muschelsammler


Ilha da Culatra

Ilha da Culatra

This is the plave where the local fishermen are repairing and drying their nets


Ilha da Barreta

Ilha da Barreta

Fishermen's cottages on the Ilha Deserta (Ilha da Barreta)


Praia de Monte Gordo

Praia de Monte Gordo

Weirs at the back side of the fishermen's cottages.


Olhos d’Agua: 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

Ria Formosa: Fishermen's huts


Fuseta: Fishing boats

Fuseta: Fishing boats


Faro: wreck of a fishing boat in the Ria Formosa

Faro: wreck of a fishing boat in the Ria Formosa


Ludo:  Planks covered with shells

Ludo: Planks covered with shells


Ludo: Planks of old boat

Ludo: Planks of old boat

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