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Nerja declares war on motor homes with more than 100 fines in one week

One of the signs near Nerja's El Playazo beach.
One of the signs near Nerja's El Playazo beach. / E. CABEZAS
  • Torrox town hall has received complaints from neighbours who live near areas being used as caravan parks

President of the Spanish caravan association, Jesús Gallardo, has described a recent wave of fines handed out to motor home owners in Nerja as "illegal" and a "crusade".

According to Gallardo, the Plataforma de Autocaravanas Autonoma de España (PACA) has received around 50 complaints from members who have been given fines for parking their vehicles in the town in recent weeks. He added that approximately 100 fines were issued in one week, at around 50 euros each.

"We are the type of visitor that respects the rules and spends around 60 euros a day in the town," he argued.

Nerja town hall has put up signs in recent week in an effort to educate motor home owners of the local laws regarding such vehicles. The laws include not parking a vehicle which is being used for camping, in a public area for more than 24 hours. This includes caravans and trailers as well as tents.

Torrox

Torrox town hall has also received complaints from neighbours in the Peñoncillo area of Torrox Costa. While the local authority claims the land being used by motor home owners belongs to the regional government the Junta de Andalucía's coastal department, and therefore not in the town hall's remit to give out fines, they plan to install signs to limit access.

Torrox council also said that "private conversations" had taken place to find an area for motor homes, following an election promise last year. It added that if a solution couldn't be found privately then it would go via the town hall. Gallardo said that PACA would appeal all of the fines issued to its members.