The Costa del Sol is going to need time, money and large quantities of sand to repair the damage after the storms.
In Torremolinos, which was one of the worst-affected resorts, about two to three weeks of work will be needed, especially in La Carihuela. The council is considering asking for breakwaters to be installed in that area, which is something the tourism sector has been proposing for years.
The local authority will arrange for the sand to be redistributed and flattened in the areas where the sunbeds are placed, but the most serious damage will have to be repaired by the national coastal authority.
Rincón de la Victoria suffered general damage along several kilometres of coast from Torre de Benagalbón to La Cala del Moral, although the worst-affected beach there is the one by the San Diego residential development.
In Torrox, the Ferrara beach has lost about 300 metres of its width, despite a semi-submerged breakwater being installed last year.
In Nerja, the most serious problems occurred on the eastern side of La Torrecilla and El Chucho beaches. Here water got up as far as walkways and ‘chiringuito’ beach bars, removing sand. The council has already contracted equipment to carry out initial urgent repairs in order to have the beaches in an acceptable condition for the start of high season.