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Tourist developments move towards dams

NEW TOURIST developments are planned near the inland Funcho and Arade dams, within Silves council.

The Portuguese government has approved the creation of three areas that are destined for the construction of tourist accommodation.

According to a plan for the area surrounding the two dams, which was published in Portuguese national newspaper Diário da República, a hotel with the capacity for 100 beds will be built in a development dedicated to recreation and leisure.

Two anchorages will also be built with access ramps into the dam, as well as an area to receive boats on land, a museum and education unit, parking areas and facilities for swimmers.


Leisure activities that are likely to be developed around the dams include mountain biking, bird watching and falconry, horse riding and nature walks, among others.

The village area surrounding the Funcho dam is also due to be renovated to attract tourism, as it has mostly fallen into abandonment. New facilities such as a restaurant and anchorage will also be built in the village.

Another tourist accommodation development with a maximum capacity for 160 beds is also planned near Abruteais.

Silves Câmara President, Isabel Soares, said: “These projects are very important to diversify the council’s tourist offer and to change the dynamics between the coast and inland areas.”

She added that Silves council will give all possible support to see the projects realised.

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