Quinta da Ombria resort receives first building licence

The controversial Quinta da Ombria project in Querença – which includes the construction of a five-star hotel, three four-star tourist complexes, several villas and a golf course to the tune of €200 million on protected land – has received its first ‘alvará’ (building licence).

The license is valid for “most of the resort” but does not include the hotel and golf course, which are awaiting results of environmental reports known as RECAPE.

The announcement came on Friday (September 25) and saw the project’s representatives Carmen Santos and Joaquim Meirelles meeting with Loulé mayor Vítor Aleixo to seal the deal.

Environmental groups are against the project, citing the impact it will have on what should be a protected area.