The plan to revitalise Nerja’s Calahonda beach moved on last month when the town hall invited comments on its plan to commission a viability report on the project. A Málaga firm, Standby Consultores S.L., is in the running to prepare an overview of the most significant economic and financial aspects of the plans for awarding construction contracts and the future exploitation of the beach.
The town centre beach, immediately to the east of the Balcón de Europa, was home to the Papagaya beach bar, famed for its live music performances, until it was closed in 2014 after complaints of noise from local residents. In 2017, the municipality acquired the 1,300 square metre beach, previously privately owned, for €953,600, and the following year demolished what was left of the bar after a fire in derelict cottages on the site.
The Town Hall now wants to build a new restaurant on the beach which, according to the councillor for town planning, Nieves Atencia, will be modern and sustainable, while respecting the environment in which it is located. Mayor José Albert Armijo says the project is of “great importance” in meeting the increasing demands of residents and tourists.