The council in Marbella has reached an agreement with the owners of a large mansion off the Golden Mile that will finally allow a much-used access to the beach to be reopened.
For the last two years, the pedestrian path from the Miramar area near Nagüeles onto Playa de Casablanca, west of Marbella town centre, has been unpassable due the precarious state of a wall, forcing beachgoers to make a detour via a beach bar. The wall is part of the garden of a large beachside mansion that is linked to the Saudi royal family.
Officials were forced to close the walkway for fear of the wall falling on top of people using the pathway and have been in negotiations since then with the owners. The owners had wanted to increase its height during the rebuilding, which was the cause of the delay.
The owning family has now paid 25,000 euros to Marbella council to carry out the work.
As the wall is located on protected coastal land, additional permission has had to be sought from different authorities.