The Senda Litoral coastal path project, to unite the entire Malaga coastline from Manilva in the west with Nerja in the east, is progressing well, albeit at an uneven rate depending on the individual municipalities.
Work has not begun at all at the path's start point at Punta Chullera in Manilva, however a large part of the project has now received the authorisation of the national Costas coastal authority and the Environment Ministry of the Junta de Andalucía.
The stretch in question runs between the Arroyo Martagina stream and the Playa Paraíso housing development. The path will be 670.4 metres in length and three metres wide and will cross the central part of the ecological reserve.
Manilva councillor for Infrastructure Diego José Jiménez explained that it is a "simple stretch to build, with no obstacles" and that a path already runs through the area and would only need to be remodelled.
The project, with an estimated budget of 182,000 euros, also includes the environmental regeneration of the area, which will cover 3,486 square metres.
Having already obtained the relevant permits, once the design is finalised by specialists at the Diputación provincial government, the project will only require approval at a council meeting before it can go ahead.
This new section will link up with the three footbridges over the Martagina, Alcorrín and El Indiano streams. However, the initial section of the path at 'point zero' is more complex. This is the area between Punta Chullera, on the border with the province of Cadiz, and Playa Paraíso. This project has not yet been drawn up and presents certain difficulties as it is an area of cliffs.
The mayor of Manilva Mario Jiménez, meanwhile, is also pushing for works to be carried out on the town's seafront promenade following meetings with experts from the Diputación. Jiménez stresses that the council has the money for the project and that it would mean "more modern, improved infrastructure and greater opportunities for both employers and residents".