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Environmentalists say beachgoers are damaging dunes in Torrox

La Carraca dunes are on Cenicero beach in El Morche.
La Carraca dunes are on Cenicero beach in El Morche. / SUR
  • New apartment blocks and the costal walkway have brought a greater volume of visitors to the Cenicero beach and many ignore signs to keep off the dunes

An area of sand dunes known as La Carraca in El Morche, Torrox, is under threat due to the large numbers of people crossing them to get to the beach, an environmentalist organisation reported last week.

GENA-Ecologistas en Acción has said that the construction of several apartment blocks nearby, as well as the creation of the Senda Litoral coastal walkway, has increased numbers of visitors to the beach.

Both the provincial government and the town hall have taken measures to prevent people from walking across the dunes, including cordoning off the area and putting up signs, but the organisation says extra police presence is needed and more notices informing of fines that could be issued.

Torrox town hall has called for more support from the general public to help conserve this delicate area.

La Carraca is one of the three remaining dune systems on the Malaga coastline, along with Artola in Marbella and Torre de Benagalbón.