Residents, tourists and opposition political parties have all registered complaints about the state of a number of beaches in the Axarquía. Despite being at the height of the summer season, coastal towns including Nerja, Torrox, Torre del Mar, Chilches, Benajarafe, Almayate and La Cala del Moral have been battling strong winds coming from the Atlantic which have led to the disappearance of sand and the creation of large drops, making access to the sea difficult for bathers.
Ángel Gómez, who heads up Malaga province's coastal agency, explained that the area has experienced a "natural phenomenon caused by persistent westerly winds".
He added that contracting machines to resolve the problem, which has been particularly bad on La Torrecilla beach in Nerja and the Playa del Poniente beach, near the Café del Mar area in Torre del Mar, would "create further complaints from swimmers" and "cause even more disruption".
Mayor of Torrox, Óscar Medina, said that people there have additionally complained of a lack of cleaning services and disabled access.