Council places embargo on demolition of Praia da Rocha’s Vivenda Compostela

Portimão Council lifts embargo on Praia da Rocha’s Vivenda Compostela

Portimão Council has lifted the embargo it had placed on the demolition works that were being carried out at the Vivenda Compostela property in Praia da Rocha.

The decision came on Monday (November 25) after the council received an external report from a lawyers’ firm that confirmed that the works were legal.

The report can be viewed online at

The demolition of the iconic building has sparked a wave of controversy in Portimão.

Locals have pointed out that Vivenda Compostela is one of the oldest houses in the coastal hotspot of Praia da Rocha in Portimão and is one of the few constructions in the area that is not a towering building.

The council has refused any blame, saying that the project had already been approved in 2013 before it took power.

It also said it would propose the “suspension of Portimão’s municipal plan (PDM) for the Praia da Rocha area” and set new measures in a bid to prevent similar situations from happening in the future.

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