Thursday, October 18, 2012

Salgados Lagoon - conserve it please!

Thursday post

Which do you prefer?
Salgados Lagoon, Portugal

Salgados Lagoon and marshland, Portugal

These are views of the Salgados Lagoon, pictures taken from viewpoints close to the Salgados Beach car park. Do you like what you see?

Unfortunately this may not be this beautiful for long because the Silves Town Council have announced they are getting ready to allow/encourage construction between Armação de Pêra and Praia Grande.

Do you like the idea of the land and dunes at the far end of the lagoon being destroyed to look like this?
Unfinished resort at Salgados Beach, Algarve

This is part of the holiday resort on the other side of the car park I mentioned. It isn't completely finished yet and it's already run-down and going bankrupt. Construction workers have lost their jobs. The palm trees they planted to hide the ugly buildings are leaning already and many are dying because it seems there isn't even enough money to pay for the water they require.

Isn't it ridiculous to build another resort on the other side of the lagoon if this one is already surplus to requirements?

CS Resort

Just a few years ago, I used to walk from Salgados to Armação de Pêra with a friend on Sunday mornings. When we got to this roundabout (which wasn't here then) we could see the sea all the way to those white buildings in the background (in Armação de Pêra). Now all we see is the resort! 

Don't get me wrong - I am all for progress, when it makes sense!

Dunes by Salgados Lagoon, Portugal

For those who live in the Algarve and wish to help fight this construction mania, why not come to the Protest Meeting of the "Friends of Salgados Lagoon" on Oct 20th.


  1. I agree with you - why build another resort when they can't make use of, or maintain, the one that is currently there?

  2. But who is going to put their money into this? If there is no return how can it happen, unless someone is prepared to get it started while building work is cheaper and while the permission is there but not expect to cash in for maybe a decade when (perhaps) the economy is growing again. Who would take that risk with that sort of money?

    Mike.. from the other extreme of Silves council area.


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