Elías Bendodo speaking at the meeting.
Elías Bendodo speaking at the meeting. / F. Torres

Provincial government approves plan for pathway linking the Guadalhorce valley

  • A new 50-kilometre-long pathway will connect the area’s towns with the estuary of the Guadalhorce river and the Caminito del Rey

At a provincial government (Diputación) meeting held in Coín on Monday, the president, Elías Bendodo, announced the unanimous approval of the installation of a new pathway in the Guadalhorce valley, which will link up many of the province’s towns.

In his speech, Elías Bendodo described the pathway as “a green corridor” through the “agricultural paradise” that is the Guadalhorce valley, which will connect the river estuary near Malaga with the Caminito del Rey near Álora.

When complete, the 50-kilometre-long route, which will be built by rural development groups hired by councils, will take in the municipalities of Ardales, Álora, Pizarra, Coín, Alhaurín el Grande, Cártama and Alhaurín de la Torre, in addition to Malaga.

The provincial councillor for environment, Marina Bravo, had the task of presenting the detail of the project at the meeting. Bravo defined it as a “revitalising addition” to the towns through which it will pass, and described how the pathway will “bring together the province’s garden with the city of museums”, in reference to the Valle del Guadlhorce-Malaga connection. Bravo also stressed that the project was “a development that is also compatible with environmental conservation”, before presenting an informative video which explained how the pathway would benefit the environment as well as tourism.

Other important issues for the region were also raised at the meeting, such as possible infrastructure improvements and the need for a new water treatment system.