The proposal to build a marina on the border between Nerja and Torrox was brought alive again last month with news that the regional government is planning to reactivate the project. It described the development as “fundamental for economic, social and tourism development” in the Axarquía.

In December, control of the Junta de Andalucía changed after almost 37 years, from the socialist PSOE party, to a bipartite group including the Partido Popular and Ciudadanos. The Junta’s new provincial delegate, Patricia Navarro, made her first official visit to Torrox last month as news of a brighter future for the marina became public.

Navarro expressed her “firm commitment” to revive the project “in the shortest time possible,” for which reason, she added, she is pushing in the direction of a “public-private initiative as the ideal formula.” She confirmed that she is to “seek consensus” between the town halls of Torrox and Nerja in analysing the feasibility of the range of marina projects which have been suggested.

Plans to build a marina in the area have been in the pipeline for many years. However, the last development came as long ago as September 2007 when the regional government announced a €33 million project to create a leisure port with 500 moorings on a 23 hectare site between Nerja and Torrox. The timescale was given as three years, but in the end, nothing happened.

Meanwhile, a €91,000 project for upgrades at Caleta de Vélez marina is to go ahead. The work, 80% financed by the European Regional Development Fund, includes improved road access, an extension of the cycle path and better storm drains.