Work currently taking place in Praia de Alvor for the artificial feeding and reinforcement of the sand dunes will be suspended during the summer season, according to Portimão Council to “allowing vacationers to enjoy in full, and without any kind of inconvenience, this popular beach resort, which in 2019 is once again awarded with the Blue Flag”.

In a statement Portimão Council said that the intervention, whose promoter is the Portuguese Environment Agency - Administration of the Algarve Hydrographical Region, “will be resumed late September and should be completed by the end of the year”.

At present, the work is only taking place along a stretch of about 150 metres, an intervention that is due to end before the end of this month, to avoid constraints on the beach for bathers in July and August.

In this intervention, sand is dredged from the estuary and sent through conduits to the area of Praia de Alvor, which will allow the widening of the dune area by around 10 metres.

The beach itself will grow by 25 metres along a stretch of about two kilometres.

The measure aims to bolster the area’s natural defence against erosive events and is covered by the POSEUR - Operational Programme for Sustainability and Efficiency in the Use of Resources, with a total eligible cost of €1,989,909.49.

This is in part financed by the European Union to a total of €1,691,423.06, and by public funds in the order of €298,486.43.
In related news, the country’s biggest green wine producer has purchased land in the Algarve, in Alvor.

Renowned company Aveleda, which produces the famous Aveleda and Casal Garcia wines – has, according to newspaper Expresso, bought a portion of the former Quinta do Morgado da Torre, nestled between Ria de Alvor and Serra de Monchique, where it will invest some €7 million over a two-year investment plan.

The name Alvor will also be the main brand of its wines produced in the Algarve region – Villa Alvor – comprising several varieties, among them whites, reds and rosés, with prices ranging between €5 and €15.