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Debts mount up for Nerja Cave amid uncertain future and 2021 festival cancellation

A previous edition of the festival.
A previous edition of the festival. / EFE
  • 'With loans we have enough money to pay our staff until the end of April,' said foundation manager Chema Domínguez

The Nerja cave foundation has revealed that it has applied for three loans since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, totalling 1.3 million euros. Much of the money will cover salaries for the approximately 30 members of staff employed at the historical site.

With two closures of around four months in total and a drastic drop in visitor numbers last year, the cave registered just 140,000 tickets sold in 2020, compared to 410,000 in 2019.

"With the loans we have enough money to pay our staff until the end of April," said foundation manager Chema Domínguez. "After that we'll see. I want to be optimistic and say we'll start to see an increase in visitors from April or May, but it all depends on the situation," he added. This year's international dance and music festival has also been cancelled.