Praia da Arrifana, Portugal, 1988

1988 – Panorama photo of Praia da Arrifana, near Aljezur, Portugal. Photo © by Mark Zanzig/

The story behind the image

The Portuguese west coast is one long, beautiful stretch of land. As it is facing the Atlantic Ocean directly, it is rougher than the southern coast of Algarve and less suitable for families with small kids. Surfers and those seeking transquility in a (rather) unspoilt nature will feel at home right away, though.

This is Praia da Arrifana near Aljezur, captured on a sunny summer day in 1988. Certainly the area has been developed further over the past three decades – especially between the beach and Aljezur – but the beach itself is as beautiful today as it was back then. You’ll still have the narrow winded street that leads down to the beach. You’ll still find a nice restaurant with fantastic views all day long. And you’ll still be able to experience stunning sunsets in tranquility.

Please see my other images of the area around Aljezur here, here and here.

The high resolution image

Capture DateSummer 1988
Locationnear Aljezur, 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 Dimensions6681 x 4398 Pixels
Copyright© by Mark Zanzig/

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