The construction of a nautical activity centre at the Odeleite dam will begin this month. The project will cost around six hundred thousand Euros and foresees the creation of a fluctuating pool and other areas to support sporting activities such as canoeing, sailing, fishing or triathlons.

The local government believes that the investment will be ‘an attraction centre and make an important contribution to the fight against seasonality and desertification’ of the Algarvian Northeast regions.

Francisco Amaral, Mayor of Castro Marim, claimed that beyond the aforementioned benefits of tourism and exponentiation of the region, the works will also ‘put an end to the illegal and unsafe usage of the dam for bathing purposes’.

The Odeleite dam is currently the biggest source of drinking water for the Eastern part of the Algarve.