The campsite at Faro beach should reopen to the public in the next few months, once building work is complete and the National Fire Service has approved the new facilities.
The park, which is owned by the local authority, was closed to new users on June 12 last year, after it was discovered that the site’s drains were discharging directly into the Ria Formosa. The problem apparently stemmed from a breakdown in a water treatment centre. Since then, the only people permitted to stay have been those who live on the site.
Speaking at a meeting with around 470 campsite users who have a permanent space on the site, José Vitorino, the President of Faro Câmara, said that the right conditions are now being created for the area to be reopened to occasional campers. At the end of the meeting, Vitorino guaranteed that works in progress should be finished before the end of the year. He also pledged that the group’s concerns over security and sanitation would be resolved “shortly”.