Praia da Amoreira, Portugal, 1988

AUGUST 1988 – The Ribeira de Aljezur flows along the Praia da Amoreira on a sunny morning near Aljezur, Portugal. © Mark Zanzig/

The story behind the image

The Atlantic Coast near Aljezur in Southern Portugal is home to some awesome beaches that were mostly untouched back in 1988. This image shows the Ribeira de Aljezur as it passes the Praia da Amoreira right before flows into the Atlantic Ocean. As you can see on this image, the hills on the right have not yet been “developed”. They were as untouched as the rest of the area. Today, you can spot a couple of villas there. Despite this, I assume the mood of freedom has not changed a lot. But it won’t ever be the same as back in the summer of 1988.

I vividly remember how we drove up to the parking lot in our old Mercedes Benz. I am pretty certain that the Taberna Do Gabriel ll was not present back then. Basically, there was nothing – just the end of the road, and a terrific panorama. We hurried down (where wooden stairs are today) and slowly walked through the cold water of the river with everything we needed for a decent day at the beach: towels and umbrella, snacks and drinks, a good book, and a camera. The water of the river went to the hips, so we had to hold up our stuff high. It was a funny, exciting experience. Of course, I made a picture…

A woman walks through the Ribeira de Aljezur to get to the Praia da Amoreira in Portugal. © 1988 by Mark Zanzig

I assume the general feeling of freedom has not changed a lot in the region. But it won’t ever be the same as back in the summer of 1988. Alas, for me.

The high resolution image

Capture DateAugust 1988
LocationAljezur, Portugal
CameraCanon AE-1 Program
Image SourceNegative Film
Digital Image SourceEPSON Perfection 4870 Photo
Digital Image Source FormatTIFF, 48 bits/pixel, sRGB
Edited Image FormatJPEG, 24 bits/pixel, sRGB
Edited Image Dimensions6657 x 4530 Pixels
Copyright© by Mark Zanzig/

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