By Inês Lopes [email protected]
Plans to redevelop a plot of land near the Pego Fundo river beach, in Alcoutim, and turn it into a major tourist attraction for the area have been announced by the câmara.
An 8-hectare plot of land that runs parallel to Pego Fundo beach has recently been purchased by the câmara for €107,500. The municipal authority now plans to expand the popular bathing spot by adding new attractions to the site – these include the construction of a residential complex, a campsite, a pedestrian wooden bridge across the Ribeira de Cadavais and a running circuit. A project is currently being developed to this effect.
Mayor Francisco Amaral said: “Each year we notice that the number of bathers (mainly Spanish) to our beach is increasing and we don’t want to let them down by not investing in the area.
“With the purchase of the land, we will be able to welcome more visitors and ensure the location offers quality and serves as a boost to the local economy.”
The mayor added that the campsite will “fill a long-standing void, particularly during the summer months”. Pego Fundo river beach is located on the Ribeira de Cadavais and is equipped with an array of services and equipment for bathers such as bar, toilet and shower facilities, car park, access for people with reduced mobility, picnic park and an area for sporting and leisure activities.
“After the project is conceived, which could take around four months, an application for EU funds will be made,” a source from Alcoutim Câmara told the Algarve Resident. “It is too soon to know when the project will be taken to the next level.”