The two Algarve beaches had been banned from bathing after an analysis by APA that revealed the presence of coliforms above the legally permitted value.

Vila Real de Santo António council attributed the presence of coliforms in the water to discharge from a boat that the municipality is going to analyse.

“It could have been a boat, for example, that made a discharge, because it is strange that coliforms only appeared in Vila Real de Santo António and Monte Gordo. If it was sewage contamination, with the tides it would have gone to other places such as Castro Marim”, stated the city mayor of Vila Real de Santo António.