Algarve’s second crematorium opens this week in Faro

Tomorrow (September 23) will mark the opening of Faro’s crematorium, just six months after the inauguration of the Algarve’s first such infrastructure in Albufeira (click here).

The crematorium in Faro is run by Servilusa and will be equipped with a vestibule, toilets, a room where bodies will be prepared for cremation, a farewell room where people will be able to say goodbye to their loved ones, two storage rooms, a cremation furnace and a “pyrolysis furnace” to burn waste associated with burials in cemeteries.

It is located at the town’s new cemetery in Penha. Each cremation will cost €309, although Faro residents will pay €258.

Faro Council will receive €1,700 per month as part of the concession contract as well as 1% of the cost of each cremation.

Hopes are that the region’s new crematorium will make it easier for citizens choosing cremation over burial.

Before the crematorium in Albufeira opened, the closest facility to the Algarve was located in Ferreira do Alentejo in Beja.

Portimão is also planning to build its own crematorium in Sítio do Malheiro, although the local council has yet to commit to a deadline (click here).

michael.bruxo@algarveresident.com