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Alcoutim prepares for major tourist developments

Alcoutim is set to get new hotels, with the capacity for hundreds of tourists, as well as the council’s first golf courses.

According to Câmara President Francisco Amaral, parts of these projects are dependent on the creation of Núcleos de Desenvolvimento Turístico, tourist development nucleuses, after the council was awarded 3,000 tourist beds, the maximum number allowed by the CCDR, regional development commission.

He added that he is confident that investors will be keen to move into the area.

One of the main projects for Alcoutim is the Portelas do Guadiana luxury resort, which will be built near the Guadiana River.

Francisco Amaral said that he has been meeting with the national institute for nature conservation (ICN) in recent weeks so that the environmental impact study for the project can be concluded.

“In the meetings, which were conducted in Lisbon, the ICN asked for a few changes to the project, which we are respecting, namely for the construction to move further back from the river bank. There are no clashes with the Rede Natura 2000,” he said.

A second tourist development project is currently under public consultation. This is for a wooden hotel with 200 beds, which will be located near the Cadavais dam near the town of Alcoutim.

A tourism project with a golf course is also being designed for Ferreiras in the parish of Vaqueiros, near the border between the Algarve and Alentejo regions.

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