Greenpeace paints Cabo de Gata hotel

Photo: Cordon Press.

The Cabo de Gata hotel has always been highly controversial.

Greenpeace environmentalists have painted part of the facade of the Hotel Algarrobico in Cabo de Gata black to symbolise that the building is a black mark on the coastline.


Activists have demanded the immediate demolition of the building, which stands half finished due to what Greenpeace describes as a deliberately-created “judicial mess” that has served to shield the Junta de Andalucía.

The Carboneras hotel is highly controversial as it sits in Almeria’s Cabo de Gata nature reserve, on what was previously an unspoilt area of coastline.

Around 100 activists were on the site of the Azata-built hotel, which has been the focus of a decade-long legal battle.

Greenpeace has indicated that the Algarrobico “is an internationally recognized example of the impunity with which building work has been taken on the coast of the country in recent years” and laments its construction, which it says is illegal and goes against environmental planning regulations.

According to the organization this is the sixth action that has taken place over the hotel and the site where most activists have participated in the history of Greenpeace in Spain.

The protesters are arguing for the Junta de Andalucía and the Environment Ministry to demolish the hotel and restore the area to its natural state. 

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