Coastal towns receive million-euro improvements

A €3.9 million initiative to carry out improvements to beaches, fishing harbours and coastal buildings in the western Algarve and Alentejo has been given the official go-ahead from the government, Sociedade Polis Litoral has announced.

The works will cover Aljezur (in the Algarve), Santiago do Cacém, Sines and Odemira (in the Alentejo).

“These contracts will help the coastal areas of southwest Alentejo and the Costa Vicentina become more resilient and enhance their touristic and economic potential,” Secretary of State for the Environment Paulo Lemos told Lusa news agency.

In Aljezur, constructors will focus mostly on the repairing of “small houses near the coast” as well as the little harbour of Forno, to the tune of around €550,000.

Money used will come from the European Union (EU), the Ministry of Environment and the local borough councils.

According to Sociedade Polis – the association that is in the news elsewhere for its role in the Ria Formosa home demolitions – these improvements are part of a larger €40 million project to develop 150km of the west coast of the Algarve and Alentejo.