Portimão to demolish gypsy camp


After decades of local complaints, Portimão council is to demolish 26 ‘barracas’ (makeshift homes) near the town’s cemetery.

Residents – mostly gypsy families – will be relocated to “pre-fabricated houses” in Vale da Arrancada, a nearby industrial area.

A €365,000 tender for the prefabs has been launched with the idea being to relocate the families this summer, mayoress Isilda Gomes told national tabloid Correio da Manhã.

As she explained, the ‘barracas’ have affected the town’s “touristic image” for decades. They are close to the town’s Teixeira Gomes secondary school, as well as the market and fire station.

So far, there is no information on what will happen to the site vacated by the ‘barracas’.