Estepona has asked Spain's central government for more sand for the regeneration of six beaches in the municipality that took a battering during storm Filomena in January.
In the request sent by the town hall to the national General Directorate of the Coast and the Sea, the council said that the El Cristo, Menara, Benamara-Paraíso Barronal, Atalaya-Isdabe, El Padrón and El Ángel beaches were the worst affected by the heavy rain and strong winds.
And the councillor responsible for the town’s beaches, Susana Aragón, said that the work needs to be done as soon as possible so that they are pristine for when the tourists return.
The General Directorate of the Coast and the Sea decides the areas where the sand can be extracted from but the local councillor pointed out that there are several points of the municipality's coastline where sandbanks accumulate which could serve for this purpose.
In 2019 and 2020 the town council didn’t request more sand for the regeneration of the beaches but after the bad storms in 2018 more sand was necessary and 80,000 cubic metres were extracted from La Escollera beach.
Aragón said that other improvements have already been carried out on the town's beaches with the installation of more showers, litter bins and walkways. But now, with the arrival of good weather, the focus is to recover the beaches.