More than 20 local police and Guardia Civil officers were involved in an operation to dismantle 15 illegal campsites on Monday in different locations along Maro's beach and three foreigners were denounced for camping illegally in the area, according to Nerja's councillor for security, Francisco Arce.
The municipal cleaning services removed a large amount of rubbish from the area and had to use a boat to clear some of it. A number of stray dogs that had 'adopted' the campers were also removed by animal control services.
The campsites were located in the La Caleta, Barranco de Maro and Águila aqueduct caves, all of which are in the natural park area of the Maro cliffs.
Both Maro and Nerja have become popular places among illegal campers in recent years, with the spring months attracting a particularly high number of people.
In Nerja last year illegal campsites were dismantled along the Paseo de los Carabineros, near the town centre and at Cueva del Lobo Marino near Burriana beach.