Fuengirola town hall has said that the collapse of part of a wall on the Termas de Torreblanca Roman baths archaeological site has been caused by the roots of a large bougainvillea plant.
It was first suggested that the damage to the remains of the Roman ruins, which were declared an asset of cultural interest (BIC) by the Junta de Andalucía in 2005, was due to the recent rainfall. Inspectors from the Culture department at the Junta visited the site last week to analyse the measures to be taken to properly preserve it.
“With authorisation from the Junta, work will be carried out to return the wall to its original position,” said town hall sources. They also said that cleaning work was the first part of a wider project to better preserve and improve the ruins, which date back to the 1st century AD.