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Posted by portugalpress on July 08, 2015

Beachgoers arriving at Lagos’ Dona Ana beach this summer will likely be shocked by the changes made to the once dubbed “the most beautiful beach in the world”.

“It was paradise, the water was transparent and you could see the fish. I don’t have words to describe what it is like now. It has all been destroyed,” Daniela Fialho, a holidaymaker from Costa da Caparica told Correio da Manhã.

Around half of the beach is closed off to the public, with machinery in sight on a now unrecognisable beach.

The controversial €1.8 million sand replenishment project that started in April is still ongoing, three weeks after it should have been completed.

Environmental associations such as Almargem have always criticised the project, hinting at a “hidden agenda” to make the beach larger and attract more tourists.

Portugal’s Environmental Agency (APA), however, says the work is “vital” in order to keep people safe and away from the cliffs.

In total, around 140,000sqm of sand are expected to be channelled onto the beach, increasing its length by 40 metres.

APA says the work should be completed by this Friday (July 10).

Photos: JOÃO GONÇALVES/OPEN MEDIA GROUP

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