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Lure of jobs and money threatens one of Spain’s last wild beaches

Valdevaqueros is a surfers’ paradise and a haven for rare wildlife, but the local council has approved a huge new tourist complex in an attempt to bring jobs to the crisis-hit area

By Martin Roberts  /  The Observer, TARIFA, Spain

“If they put it in the center of Tarifa, where there is space, then clients could visit shops, tapas bars and restaurants,” he said.

Overlooking the green fields earmarked for building, biologist Aitor Galan, 41, who conducts environmental impact studies for a living, pointed at one of only two seaside breeding grounds for vultures in Europe.

“Anywhere else in Europe, this place would have the utmost protection, but here they want to get rid of it all and cover it with buildings,” he said, while peering through binoculars. “What they want to do is turn this into Benidorm, but what draws people here is wildlife and the wind.”

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