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EU-funded study to come up with proposals to end annual Costa beach destruction

Works under way to repair damage on El Rodeíto beach last Saturday.
Works under way to repair damage on El Rodeíto beach last Saturday. / Josele-Lanza
  • The area faces another race against the clock to get its beaches ready for Easter Week after they took a battering during last week's storms

With Semana Santa fast approaching, the Costa del Sol must take fast action to ensure that its beaches are in perfect condition for the upcoming influx of visitors.

Emergency work had already started on Saturday in Marbella after the town hall earmarked a sum of 200,000 euros to get the beaches back to normal as soon as possible and repair damage the strong Levant wind and waves up to six metres high caused to walkways, showers and even lifeguards' towers .

In Estepona, they have a long "to do" list ahead of Easter, including levelling out the surface of the sand, removing the sharp drops created by the bad weather, and ensuring that all the facilities are in full working order.

However, this problem which blights the Costa del Sol every year could have a permanent solution. The central government representative for Malaga, María Gámez, announced on Wednesday that a study to analyse and propose potential solutions had been approved by the European Commission, which would foot the 400,000-euro bill.

The study, which began in February and will last two years, will involve specialists and technicians from various institutions such as the Coasts department (Demarcación de Costas), the Ministry of Environment, the town halls of the Costa del Sol, private companies and the Cantabria Hydrological Institute.

While in recent years, replenishing the lost sand has worked, this has been described as an "adequate but not definitive solution".

"This is something that happens every year. So why not instead of reacting every time, we create an overall strategy?" said Gámez.