Cacela Velha (Photo: Câmara Municipal de Vila Real de Santo António)
Cacela Velha (Photo: Câmara Municipal de Vila Real de Santo António)

Council discourages beachgoing at Cacela Velha

Beach is not continuously monitored

Vila Real de Santo António Council has released a statement discouraging beachgoing at Cacela Velha.

“The territory of Cacela Velha and its surroundings represent a place of rare beauty and ecological diversity that the municipality believes is important to conserve and protect,” the local authority says.

“Although highly sought after, especially in the summer, the barrier islands in front of the village of Cacela Velha are not designated as bathing areas and do not have lifeguard services,” it explains.

Visitors who cross the ford to reach the sea put their own safety at risk, especially when the tide is ebbing, as the currents are strong and pull towards the sea,” the council warns.

Despite the efforts of the mobile teams from the Portugal’s Institute of Lifesaving (ISN), the area is not permanently monitored, meaning emergency assistance may not be provided in a timely manner.

“Therefore, in order to protect the stability of the dune cord and the cliff of Cacela, ensure the protection of the fauna and flora in this area of Ria Formosa, and ensure the safety of residents and visitors of Cacela Velha, the municipality of Vila Real de Santo António advises against using the area in front of Cacela Velha for beach activities,” the council adds.

As alternatives, the council suggests Praia da Fábrica and Praia da Manta Rota, each of which are officially classified as bathing areas and are continuously monitored during the bathing season.

“Praia da Fábrica and Praia de Manta Rota, as well as all the beaches in the municipality of Vila Real de Santo António, offer certified lifeguard services in accordance with current legislation for your safety,” the council says.

By Michael Bruxo

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