Part of Nerja’s coastal pathway east of the town centre could be open to visitors again before the summer.  The entire 1.2 kilometre path, the Paseo de los Carbineros, was opened in the mid-1990s and runs along the foot of the cliffs linking the Balcón de Europa to Burriana beach.

It was closed 17 years ago after rock falls on some stretches made it dangerous, since when it has become a refuge for the homeless with consequent deposits of rubbish and debris.  Last September, land slippage in the cliffs fractured a sewage pipe at the eastern end, forcing a large area of Burriana beach to be closed to bathers for some weeks.

Now, however, Nerja Town Council has around €100,000 in this year’s budget which it plans to use to stabilise the slopes and then open 300 metres of the pathway between Burriana beach and the Mirador de Bendito. The council for infrastructure, José María Rivas, indicated last month that work would start “soon,” and that the stretch is likely to be open before the summer.

He underlined that the town would like to re-open the complete walkway but further stabilisation of the cliffs is required.  Talks with the Costas department of the regional government are underway to find the best solution, he added.