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August 23, 2016

Construction on the coast of Spain increased by 33%

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Construction on the coast of Spain increased by 33%

The Mediterranean coast has always been a profitable place for construction of real estate in Spain and, therefore, in recent decades there has been a significant increase in construction activity accurately here. More specifically, the urbanization of the Spanish coast in the last 24 years, which have passed between 1987 and 2011, increased by 33%. As a result, Spain is already urbanized and occupied the 28% of its 7,900 kilometers of coastline, which means that if the pace of construction will continue at the current level, 100% of the Spanish coast will be urbanized in just 250 years. These 7,898 kilometers of coastal areas of Spain are already occupied by residential properties, infrastructure or commercial spaces.

Such conclusions present the official report of the Observatory of Sustainability. Researchers and experts of this public body, which is composed of environmentalists, engineers, economists, geographers and social scientists, based their findings on data from the National Institute of Geography, which publishes and regularly updates information on urbanization and development of the Spanish coastline through satellite images, obtained under the project of the European Union.

Moreover, the Mediterranean coast and the south coast of the Atlantic Ocean are the most urbanized parts of the Spanish seashore. Of these 3,829 kilometers, the 35.2% (1,351 kilometers) is already occupied by real estate construction in Spain, business premises, infrastructure and mining industry. In the case of the North Atlantic and off the coast of Cantabria, the level of urbanization in 2011 was around 21.6%, and construction on the coast of the Canary Islands was by 19.7%. However, on these islands the rate of urbanization in the period between 1987 and 2011 years was the highest: the amount of built-up kilometers increased by 42.6% in 24 years.

At the same time, the province of Malaga leads in the ranking of the transformation of the coastline of Spain: 81% of the seashore here is already occupied by residential buildings and other real estate in Spain. On the second place stands Valencia with a rate of urbanization of the Valencian coast by 67%.

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