While the final designation of the Sierra de las Nieves mountain range as a National Park is on hold because of the lack of a new government nationally, villages in the local area continue their plans for the expected rise in the number of visitors.
The Diputación de Málaga provincial authority has given the green light to improve the MA-5402 road, which is one of the access routes into the Sierra de las Nieves and which connects Ardales with El Burgo and Casarbonela.
The project is part of an access improvement plan to the nearby Caminito del Rey gorge walkway and will cost 500,000 euros. Some of the road will be rebuilt and the rest resurfaced and markings repainted.
This overall plan for the roads in the area has been 80 per cent financed by FEDER European development fund.
The Diputación has also approved a further 531,068 of spending on projects in six municipalities. In Álora, 150,000 euros will be spent on more energy-efficient street lighting and improved water piping.