Today, 'El Flamenco'was recognised by UNESCO as an Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity – congratulations. Let's just hope that the intangibles get a little more respect that the tangibles! UNESCO has recognised a number of natural areas in Spain for their exceptional and unique qualities, yet thanks to Spain's absurdly devolved democratic system, where ill-informed, corrupt local politicians have a great deal of power, these UNESCO recognised areas are under attack.
Even the Junta de Andalucia – the regional government – continues to make appalling decisions that lead to even more of Southern Spain being permanently destroyed. Not content with allowing local boneheaded politicians to destroy one of Europe's last untouched coasts, with the illegal construction of the Hotel Algarrobico in Almeria within the stunning Cabo de Gata park, the Junta has now given the go ahead for a another monstrosity to be built on one of the last remaining virgin beaches in Cadiz province, on the amazing Costa del la Luz.
Yes, unbelievable as it is to most people, the concrete-loving, corrupt peasants in power in Southern Spain want more concrete – despite the fact the modern day tourists don't want this type of large scale development. What's more, the past shows that once one crappy, ugly block gets the go ahead, more follow and let's face it, Andalucian developers are very aesthetically aware, so all these new hotels will be square boxes with no reference to local material, customs or history.
The latest pending disaster is the planned hotel on the beach at El Palmar – but let's tell the Junta that we don't want it! Visit salarelpalmar.es and sign the petition!