A contractor has been selected to carry out the second stage of renovations at Ponta da Piedade, one of the borough’s most iconic beauty spots, announced Lagos Council.
The second phase of the renovations is described as the stage which will “have the greatest impact on the management of this territory, both during the works due to the area’s appeal among visitors, and after they are completed, as the entire road system and parking areas will be rearranged,” says the council.
As the local authority had already explained, the bulk of the works will involve rearranging roads and parking, landscaping, installing public lighting and expanding the boardwalk network between Praia D. Ana and Praia do Pinhão, as well as around the Ponta da Piedade lighthouse.
Also planned is the renovation of the stairway that leads to the Ponta da Piedade boarding area for boat trips, and the construction of a wooden staircase to access Praia do Pinhão.
Big changes are in store for drivers, as the final stretch of the Ponta da Piedade road will only be open to vehicles serving the lighthouse or emergency services.
The existing car park will be removed, while two new parking areas will be created.
The first will boast 56 spaces and be located along the left side of the Praia do Camilo crossing, turning the current access route to the beach into a new road leading up to a new viewpoint.
The second will be built on the right side and will be able to accommodate 150 cars and 10 buses.
Meanwhile, the road will be reshaped with two lanes, a bicycle path, and a pavement for pedestrians, which in some stretches will be shared.
The second stage of the renovations is due to cost around €2.4 million (partly funded through FEDER community funding via the CRESC Algarve 2020 programme) and is expected to last just under one year (360 days).
The first stage of renovations at Ponta da Piedade was completed in 2018. According to the council, the improvements, such as the construction of boardwalks, have led to “significant demand” from residents and visitors.
The third stage of works, which will be carried out later, will involve “reorganising a space for traders who are currently located near the lighthouse”. The plan will be to “bring them together in one area, including public toilets and other support services”.
Also planned is the installation of a tribute to the late Portuguese writer and poet Sophia de Mello Breyner, who is said to have loved the beauty spot.