Marbella council has now started work on another stretch of the Senda Litoral, or Coastal Path, and it will link Marbella town centre with Las Chapas. It will be 500 metres long, running from the eastern side of El Cable beach to Río Real, and will cost 620,000 euros.
The mayor, Ángeles Muñoz, who visited the site with the Councillor for Works, Diego López, earlier this week, pointed out that the stretch of the Coastal Path between San Pedro Alcántara and Nueva Andalucía is already complete and the works which are currently under way are part of the plan to link the four districts which lie within the municipal boundaries.
This part of the project is expected to take three months to complete. The path will have street lights, urban furniture and will be connected to the water supply so that in future public toilets, showers and fountains can be provided.
The materials which are being used for this part of the project are very much in keeping with the surroundings at Las Chapas, and have been selected with sustainability in mind.
Río Real watchtower
This part of the Coastal Path will not be easy to build because some residential properties are very close to the beach and so is the Río Real watchtower, which is officially classified as a Building of Cultural Interest. However, the plans have all the permits needed from the provincial Culture committee, the Coastal Authority and the regional government's Ministry of the Environment, and an archaeologist will be monitoring progress in case the works uncover any interesting historic items.
Meanwhile, the town hall is currently waiting for the permits to be issued so work can start on a new stretch of the Senda Litoral by the campsite. When that is complete, there will be a continual five-kilometre stretch from the town to the seafront at Las Chapas.