Nerja's Chíllar river, which has become one of Malaga province's most popular alternatives to crowded beaches during the summer months, still has no management plan or controls in place, despite its increasing popularity which has brought a growing a numbers of cars, accidents and environmental problems in recent years.
Nerja town hall and the regional government, the Junta de Andalucía, have been working on the matter since 2016, when they published a joint protection plan against forest fires, which they said was “the first step towards a management plan”.
However, the plan, which would include a maximum number of daily visitors, has never come to fruition.
Up to 3,000 people and 1,000 cars are expected to visit the site at weekends during the months of June, July, August and September.
The town hall has contemplated putting up a second barrier on Calle Mirto to prevent cars parking near to the river bed, but they say that this would cause problems for residents who live nearby.
Visitors to the natural park continue to ignore signs which prohibit cars from parking in the area and large amounts of rubbish are left there.