Cave remains blocked by rubble

The entrance to the Escarpão pothole and cave in the Paderne parish, which has been blocked since 2003 by rubble dumped following the construction of the Albufeira Marina, remains blocked despite Câmara action.

In a letter, Albufeira Câmara President, Desidério Silva told the Algarve Resident that the re-opening of the cave was carried out by the company Irmãos Cavaco in November last year and was accompanied by the CEEAA caving association.

“The entrance to the cave was found and is now unblocked,” he wrote.

However, João Varela from the CEEAA told the Algarve Resident: “I did accompany the removal of rubble and sand last year. This was carried out for three days, after which the company did not return or contact me again and the entrance of the cave still remains sealed by tonnes of sand.”

A spokesman from the department for the environment and urban services said that there had been a breakdown in communication between the parties and that Albufeira Câmara is now looking into contacting Irmãos Cavaco to arrange for the completion of the work in the near future.

The access at Algar do Escarpão leads to one of the largest caves in the Algarve and one of only two with an underground river.

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