Algarve beaches get money for more sand, and its coastline to get new boardwalks!

Portugal’s secretary of state for environment Paul Lemos announced a raft of funding to maintain and improve a stretch of the Algarve last week.

During an event to mark the construction of a boardwalk in Carvoeiro at the end of October, Minister Lemos announced a €5.4million budget set aside for the Algarve’s coastline, with most of the money going towards adding sand to the beaches of Carvoeiro, Benagil, Cova Redonda and Praia Nova (Lagoa), D. Ana (Lagos) and the Castelo and Coelha beaches in Albufeira.

In addition to that, access to Albufeira beach in Albufeira and Praia da Rocha in Portimão will also be upgraded, primarily to minimise dangers from the cliffs. Meanwhile, wooden walkways leading to beaches with poor access.

“By the end of the year, the Portuguese Environmental Agency (APA) is expecting to begin three interventions to reduce risks associated to the Algarve cliffs, and initiate public tenders next month to replenish sand supplies on the region’s beaches,” Minister Lemos was quoted as saying in the ‘Algarve Resident’.

Portugal’s Environmental Ministry intends to have the new sand delivered in time for the 2014 tourist season. These coastal improvements are just part of that authorised under the Plan of Action for the Protection and Enhancement of the Coast (2012-2015) with approvals so far for work up to €199.4 million.

These improvements will be encouraging for property-owners in the Algarve, who will be reassured that the Portuguese continues to invest in its most valuable asset – tourism on the Algarve – despite the harsh economic conditions.

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