Rough seas “strip” sand from Algarve beaches

A number of beaches across the Algarve lost a lot of sand due to the rough seas that hit the southern coast on Friday (April 10) – with some restaurant owners even fearing for the safety of their establishments.

“It was horrible,” Carlos Baptista of the Beach Bar restaurant in Armação de Pêra, one of the most affected areas, told Correio da Manhã.

“The sea took a lot of sand, but we are lucky this restaurant has strong foundations,” he added.

Some waves reached heights of four metres, but Sebastião Teixeira from the Portuguese Environmental Agency (APA) said it is “normal” when tides come in from the east.

While it is expected that the sand will be naturally replenished during the summer, Silves council deployed machinery to replenish sand around the restaurants’ foundations.