Coastline control

Safety measures carried out along the central Algarve’s coastline included the placement of warning signs and barriers to alert bathers to the risks of potentially dangerous cliffs.

The regional hydrographic administration (ARH), responsible for assessing the stability of cliffs along the Algarve coast, has been actively working towards informing beachgoers of the dangers some of the cliff faces pose following the collapse of a rock at Maria Luísa beach in Albufeira on August 21, which caused the death of five people.

Seven beaches between Albufeira and Lagos had cliff sections cordoned off to alert bathers to the risks of trespassing, warnings signs were stepped up and an unstable cliff face at Oura beach was demolished.

Beaches in the councils of Albufeira (Maria Luísa, Olhos de Água and São Rafael), Lagoa (Beijinhos and Caneiros) and Portimão (Careanos and Barranco das Canas) have seen access to some areas restricted.

The ARH’s attention is now on the western coast, where several areas have been identified as dangerous, such as Arrifana.

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