Photographer's Note

Santa Luzia is a fisherman’s village on the eastern part of the Algarve. It’s one of the villages that border the Ria Formosa, an extensive protected lagoon system that is a nature sanctuary.

S. Luzia is known as the “Octopus capital” as most of the fishermen are specialists on catching this cephalopod using ancient techniques. They lay small clay pots on the ocean floor, and the octopuses use them as a safe shelter (big mistake…).

As you can see the calm lagoon waters are used as an ad-hoc marina, with the boats tied to buoys kept in place by a big rock or cement block lying on the sea bed (they have the funny name of “poita”).

As in most of the coastal villages, locals move to family houses during summer and they rent their own houses to the tourists, which is a win-win situation: the tourist gets some cheap boarding and local families increase their income.

The drawback on these Ria Formosa places is that you have to catch a boat to cross the lagoon and reach the ocean beaches. But at the end you’re rewarded with miles long deserted beaches, with clean sands and crystal waters.

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