Four-kilometre boardwalk to be built at Meia Praia

A four-kilometre long wooden boardwalk is due to be built at Meia Praia in Lagos.

The plan has been unveiled by the local council as part of a €1.5 million project to “rehabilitate and recover” the beach’s dunes. The investment will be partially covered by community funding via the POSEUR programme.

“It will be an elevated boardwalk which will run parallel to the coast from the Lagos breakwater to the Palmares golf course,” Lagos’ interim mayor Hugo Pereira told Correio da Manhã.

The goal is to make it easier to walk along the beach while also making sure the dunes are protected from the stomping of beachgoers.

The plan also involves creating structures to “retain sand” and removing a ground-creeping plant with succulent leaves known in Portugal as ‘chorões’ or in English as ice plants (Carpobrotus edulis).

As the beach is under the jurisdiction of the Portuguese Environmental Agency (APA), the council had to sign an “interadministrative contract” with the agency in order to get the project going.

Hopes are that the bid for community funding will be approved soon so that the works can “begin at the start of next year,” says Pereira.