End of the road for illegal hotel

Demolition of Algarrobico ‘inevitable’ after final court sentence declares land non-urban

Greenpeace activists in front of the condemned Algarrobico Hotel this week

By Emma Randle


The infamous Algarrobico Hotel on the Carboneras coastline has been classified as illegal in a definitive judgment from the Supreme Court that brings an end to years of legal wrangling.

The sentence from Spain’s highest court, passed on February 10, held the hotel had been constructed on land that could not be urbanised, meaning it must be demolished.

It also concluded that it stood on land belonging to the regional government, after the Junta de Andalucía exercised a contractual right to buy back the land from developers, Azata del Sol for €2.3 million.

There was rejoicing among environmentalists who have been campaigning for years for the demolition of what has turned into an emblem of “coastal destruction” and dubbed one of the “world’s ugliest hotels” by the Daily Telegraph.


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