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EUROSION: Case Study: Vale do Lobo (Portugal)

Type of Entry: Case Study

Vale do Lobo beach is Portugal’s biggest luxury golf and beach resort and its located on the South Portuguese Coast in Quarteira – municipality of Loulé. This shoreline stretch is characterized by a set of high cliffs with a narrow subjacent beach.

The erosion problems affecting the coastal stretch where Vale do Lobo beach is located are a direct consequence of human settlement and can be observed on beach thinning and cliff erosion.

The adopted strategy is to maintain as much as possible the natural aspect and width of the beaches and cliffs. The coastal engineering technique used in Vale do Lobo beach was artificial sand nourishment in open coast.

EUROSION Case Study: Vale do Lobo (Portugal) (503.224 Bytes)
Contact: Fernando Veloso Gomes; Francisco Taveira Pinto
Hydraulic and Water Resources Institute - IHRH
Telephone: +351 22 508 1907 / +351 22 508 1952