Porsche 718 Boxter 3.jpg

First Algarve crematorium to be built in Faro

The Algarve’s first crematorium will be built in Faro.

A project submitted by the Servilusa funeral services group won the tender put out by Faro Câmara, with the company being responsible for constructing and managing the crematorium facility.

A spokesman for Faro Câmara told the Algarve Resident: “We have always been aware of the importance of providing this type of service as there isn’t a crematorium in the region.

“Each year, on average, 5,000 funerals take place in the Algarve and in recent years we have noticed that more people are seeking to fulfil their loved ones’ wishes of being cremated. Therefore, our decision to build a crematorium here is fully justified.”

The crematorium, to be located at Faro’s new cemetery in Penha, aims to meet the growing demand of the population in a region which is also home to thousands of foreigners, with many travelling long distances to either Ferreira do Alentejo or Lisbon for cremation services.

The Câmara spokesman said: “A crematorium in the Algarve will also mean that an emotionally painful time as the loss of a loved one is not made worse for family members who would have to endure a long car journey otherwise.”

The project for the new crematorium in Faro will include two cremation furnaces in two distinct areas, one for the general public and the other for the cremation technicians, and a chapel.

The new crematorium is expected to be completed in January 2013.

Meanwhile, Loulé Câmara announced on Monday that it had launched a public tender for the construction of a crematorium on land adjacent to the city’s cemetery in Rua Humberto Pacheco.

The proposal, approved by Loulé’s Municipal Assembly, is for the construction and management of the facility, which will include one cremation furnace and a chapel.