Albufeira beach regeneration project

In Albufeira, Algarve, Portugal on March 28, 2011 by cubsur51

Work has begun on a €3million Euro project to put sand back on the Albufeira beaches. The sand has gradually been washed away over the years. Also, the sea has been undermining the sandstone cliffs, causing them to become unstable and to fall.

When the work is finished, scheduled for end June 2011, the beach will be about 50 metres wider than it is at present.

The cynical amongst us note that this will create more space for tourists to sit and roast in summer.

The sand is being lifted from the sea bed a few hundred yards out to sea. It is then brought up by boat to a point 200 yards or so offshore.

It then hooks up to the end of a big pipe that was laid previously. A pump starts up and a minute or two later out of the other end gushes a mixture of sand and water. It’s all very clever. Once finished, off it goes again and the whole process is repeated. This picture shows the pumping of the sand and the levelling work. For those of you that know Albufeira, the lift up the cliff is just out of shot to the right.

Albufeira beach regeneration project March 27th 2011

Here are a few more pictures I took on Sunday 27th March, six days into the work.

Tuesday 29th March outside the Sol E Mar Hotel
Pump in action


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