Praia dos Cavacos, Olhão, Portugal, 1988

1988 – During ebb tide, boats rest on the wet sand of Praia dos Cavacos near Olhão, Portugal. © Mark Zanzig/

The story behind the image

Olhão in Portugal is an attractive destination for those who expect more than beautiful beaches: You’ll get a vibrant, beautiful city, lots of history – and unusual nature! At the lagoons near Olhão you will Saline fields that are still being used to produce sea salt. During flood they can be filled up with salty water from the Atlantic Ocean, which then dries off during ebb tide, leaving just the salt behind. Repeat this often, and you get decent sea salt.

Praia dos Cavacos is located east of Olhão, and it’s a relatively small beach at the lagoon. This makes it perfect for a trouble-free trip to the beach with kids, as it is usually very calm.

My photo shows the boats that have been moored across the lagoon. During ebb they will slowly drop to the wet, sandy soil of the lagoon. In the back you can see the Ilha da Armona, one of several islands that protect the lagoon from the powerful currents and waves of the Atlantic, effectively enabling the undisturbed development of the lagoons. (The beaches over at there are simply stunning and worth a visit, too.)

The high resolution image

Capture DateSummer 1988
LocationNear Olhão, 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 Dimensions6759 x 4515 Pixels
Copyright© by Mark Zanzig/

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