Race against time to prepare beaches for Easter after recent bad weather

A sand cleaning machine at work on La Fontanilla beach.
A sand cleaning machine at work on La Fontanilla beach. / J. Lanza
  • With Palm Sunday just over two weeks away, councils across the province maintain that their beaches will be ready despite the rainy weather

The beaches on the Costa del Sol will be ready for Palm Sunday on 9 April, with many municipalities calling for calm as they continue to work in several places on the Costa del Sol after more bad weather last week caused setbacks for councils all over the province.

Torremolinos has been one of the worst affected areas, with the freshly laid sand there swept away by the wind and rain last week, while the promenade in the area was flooded after a combination of sand and water caused blockages in many pipes.

Although the amount of money needed to completely repair the beaches in the municipality is unknown, the main aim is to get them back into perfect shape before the first holiday period of the year. In the latest spell of bad weather, 30 litres of water per square metre fell on the Torremolinos coastline.

These comments were echoed by the deputy mayor of Torremolinos, Maribel Tocón, who wanted to ensure that the operations on the beach "are carried out as soon as possible" so that their "biggest industry is not affected".

In Marbella, one of the other badly affected areas, beaches suffered a similar fate, with waves up to five metres high flooding refreshment stands and causing damage to infrastructure in the immediate surroundings.

Nevertheless, the councillor for the environmental department, Miguel Díaz, insists that despite "this recurring damage", the beaches will be ready in time.

A budget of 1.3 million euros had already been given to the municpality to carry out repairs after the storms last year and last month.