Algarve is stunningly beautiful! The caves, the beaches, the food! All faboulous! However, while visiting these places I noticed an other but sad side of it all.
Everywhere you go there are abandoned houses, hotels and apartments. Many of the buildings look like they were going to fall apart. Others have been started, without ever being finished.
Parts of the different cities along the south coast look like they are taken out from the series Walking Dead. In the pictures under you can see a 3 star hotel that was abandoned, right with one of the most beautiful and popular beaches in Algarve.
Why, I was thinking?
I fast found out that it was because of the finance crisis. While I had seen a lot in the media about the crisis in Greece. I had not heard anything about Portugal. Which several experts actually mean are in a worse situation than Greece.
I heard about the high unemployment rate. Many families do not have money to put food on their table, pay electricity or water. The bank come and take their house or apartment due that they cannot pay down their loans neither. And that is why so much stand there abandoned today.
This might also be another good reason for visiting beautiful Portugal right now and help create work and economical development agian.
Did you know about the economical stuggle of many families in Portugal?