Situated approximately 20 minutes east of Reserva da Luz, Portimão, much like Lagos, boasts a rich maritime history. 

Specifically, the town is celebrated for its ancient tuna fishing technique known as the “Almadraba.” This traditional method, with roots extending back centuries, is more than just a fishing practice; it is a cultural heritage that has profoundly shaped the identity of this coastal community.

The Almadraba is a meticulous and strategic fishing system designed to capture tuna during their annual migration. Derived from the Arabic word “al-madrab,” which means a place to strike or fight, this method is both an art and a testament to the skill of local fishermen. The technique involves a series of nets, fences, and pens strategically placed along the migratory routes of tuna. The process requires careful timing and coordination, making it a challenging yet fascinating endeavour.

As the Almadraba process unfolds, skilled fishermen venture into the deep blue waters of the Atlantic, armed with their intricate knowledge of the sea and the migratory patterns of tuna. The true artistry of the Almadraba lies not just in the harvest but in the harmonious relationship between humanity and the ocean. Navigating their boats precisely, these mariners set up the intricate system of nets and pens, showcasing a remarkable display of skill and dedication.

In the evolution of fishing methods, Portimão continues to honour the legacy of Almadraba. Today, visitors can delve into the town’s maritime heritage through local museums and landmarks dedicated to traditional fishing practices. Still, the key is how the people of the West Algarve share a profound commitment to preserving their natural and cultural treasures. This dedication aligns seamlessly with the vision of Reserva da Luz, where our goal is to create a timeless connection between the community and the sea, ensuring that the beauty of the area and its rich history can be cherished for years to come.