Major Algarve beach improvement plan

A major project to improve and extend six of the Algarve’s most popular beaches is planned for 2014 at a cost of more than €2 million.

The beaches targeted are Carvoeiro, Benagil, Nova and Cova Redonda in the Lagoa district and Castelo and Coelha in Albufeira, the latter of which is known as a favourite holiday spot for Portugal’s President Cavaco Silva.

All of the beaches enjoy around 1,170 metres of waterfront and are framed by cliffs, which will also undergo precautionary inspections and possible safety operations under the supervision of the Portuguese environment authority, Agência Portuguesa do Ambiente.

It is estimated that 338,000 cubic metres of sand will be used and the sandy areas will be extended by about 30 to 45 metres for the added amenity value, extra space and safety ofbeachgoers.

The replenishment will be partly achieved with sediment dredged from the sea.

The work is expected to be carried out during the off season period next year to avoid inconvenience to visitors, and will take about four months.