Vandalism forces closure of natural beauty spot

in Algarve · 29-10-2011 00:00:00 · 0 Comments

Tavira Town Hall has announced the closure of Pego do Inferno, a park next to a natural lake seven kilometres from the city. The move was announced to allow for repairs after continued acts of vandalism.

“We did not have the basic safety conditions for the park to remain open to the public,” Tavira’s Deputy Mayor, Luís Nunes told Lusa News Agency, adding that a public tender will soon be launched for repair work to be carried out.
Damage at the park includes broken safety guards and steps, vandalised bins and other structures.
According to Mr. Nunes, vandalism in the area is a recurring problem that causes the town hall to have to make repairs every year, although this year’s damage was much worse than normal and has meant the park has had to be closed.
The town hall said that after the repair work is concluded, the park will be guarded to avoid future acts of vandalism, but the details of this measure have not yet been decided.
“It will be difficult for us to have the work finished by the start of 2012, but obviously everything will be ready for the start of the bathing season,” said Mr. Nunes.
Near Pego do Inferno, there are also some water mills, called ‘Moinhos da Rocha’ which will also be refurbished and may be transformed into information centres.
Located in Santo Estevão parish council, the Pego do Inferno is comprised of a lake surrounded by trees, into which water falls from the Asseca River. It is a landscape that can be appreciated from the Pego viewpoint, a wooden structure placed above the lake.
The origin of the spots name ‘Pego do Inferno’, which means ‘Pit of Hell’, comes from a legend that tells the story of a horse and cart that fell into the lake. The bodies of the occupants, the cart and the animals were never found and the legend says that divers were not able to find the bottom of the lake, which has been called the ‘pit of hell’ ever since.
Throughout the summer, the place is sought after by national and foreign tourists who jump into the lake.
Supporting infrastructure, such as safety barriers and bins, were installed in 2000.


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