Periana's Villa Turística, a hotel complex which has been closed for 14 years, looks set to be given another chance.
According to Periana's mayor, Rafael Torrubia, the Junta de Andalucía has agreed in principle to allow Periana town hall to reopen the site, which has not been maintained since its closure in 2003. Torrubia believes that as Axarquía is currently enjoying a tourism boom, the Villa Turística will bring visitors and employment to the town.
“Our objective is to open the Villa Turística again and generate wealth in the area and that is why we are working with the Junta,” he said last Friday.
The complex comprises 20 individual apartments, six single rooms and 14 double rooms as well as a reception area and meeting spaces.
It was originally opened in the mid-1990s but closed its doors after just five years. There are other similar sites owned by the Junta de Andalucía that have remained open but the decision was taken to close the Periana one in 2003.
Torrubia said that four hotel groups have already “shown an interest” in the complex and he hopes that work will start to open it up again “within the space of a year”.