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Thru the years I posted quite few pictures of the Sotavento, but never an aerial one. This one showcases the main ingredients: the salinas (salt pans), lagoons, barrier islands and dunes of the Ria Formosa coastal nature reserve which covers all of the Sotavento coast.

And there’s the charming town of Fuzeta too, a thriving fishing village. In some aspects the Sotavento coastal landscape can be compared with the Dutch 'wadden' & 'waddeneilanden'.

The pic was shot while our Transavia Boeing 737-800 (NG) was banking on its spectacular approach to Faro. I remember that we were in a curiously twin-liveried plane, that was part of the fleet Transavia shares with GOL Linhas Aéreas Inteligentes from Brasil. Upon boarding the plane in Rotterdam, we joked that it just might bring us to Porto Seguro (Bahia) – a GOL jet once brought us there (and back to São Paulo).

A larger view is here.

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Additional Photos by Bert Hoetmer (bertolucci) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1928 W: 122 N: 4345] (14052)
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