EU warns of  luxury resort

The European Commission has issued a warning to the Portuguese government because of “an infringement process” related to the luxury Loulé-based development Quinta da Ombria.

According to a statement sent to the Algarve Resident by Associação Almargem, a regional environmental group, the process relates to the violation of various articles in the Commission Directive on habitats and the protection of underground water resources.

“Almargem continues to consider the Quinta da Ombria project offensive against natural values and the authenticity of the region, besides not being within a truly different, responsible or sustainable tourism model, which should favour the interior of the Algarve – not promote its irreversible destruction,” read the statement.

A spokesman from Quinta da Ombria told the Algarve Resident that no comment will be made about this matter as it is an “ongoing situation with nothing new to add”.

The spokesman added that it does not affect the daily workings at the development.

Quinta da Ombria is due to include a five star hotel, tourist villages, lots for villas, a spa and an 18 hole golf course as well as an organic farming area.

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