A project to construct a river beach with a nautical sports centre in Odeleite, Castro Marim, has received the “thumbs up” from the court of auditors and can now move forward.
Construction of the beach will cost €600,000 – 70% of which will be covered by community funding – and is expected to begin this month and last another seven months.
Castro Marim council says it is “excited about the project” as it will also include green areas, floating pools, cafés, picnic areas and parking in a total area covering 6,100sqm.
One of the highlights will be the nautical centre which will include activities such as canoeing, sailing and sport fishing.
Mayor Francisco Amaral says that the court of auditors’ decision is “important for the present and future of Odeleite’s population” as it will help bolster the local economy and help prevent desertification in the small rural village that is famous for its dragon-shaped river, once a viral sensation in China where it was shared by thousands of Chinese on social media.