Turismo de massas versus Protecção da Orla Costeira no Algarve: uma Reflexão

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The Algarve, in the south of Portugal, is a good example of the impacts of human settlement in the seashore. Far away from the main urban centers, the region was able to keep until the middle of the twentieth century a number of natural features and traditional ways of life already disappeared in other places. Between 1960-80, the Algarve experienced an unprecedented development due to the influx of foreign tourists and Portuguese, especially after the Democratic Revolution of 1974 that improved living conditions. Excessive urban growth followed mass tourism and economic interests overlap the common good. The development plans drawn in the 1960s were never put into practice and in the troubled years that followed the Democratic Revolution there was no control of the building.

When the first spatial planning instruments were adopted (in the 1990s) the existing situation and the rights established in the past forced the sanctioning of irregularities, calling into question the practice of good management concerning land use. The increasing of human activity in the seashore in such a short time and with such intensity caused imbalances in coastal natural systems, contributing to the degradation of the landscape and endangering human presence in the most affected parts.
Original languagePortuguese
Pages (from-to)114-126
Number of pages12
JournalEstudos do Quaternário
Publication statusPublished - 2016


  • History
  • Algarve
  • Coastal Zone
  • Tourism
  • Management Plans

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