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Plans are under way to create Spain's biggest river park in Malaga province

Francisco Salado with some of the mayors and councillors of the towns along the Guadalhorce.
Francisco Salado with some of the mayors and councillors of the towns along the Guadalhorce. / M. FERNÁNDEZ
  • The country park will cover 4.5m square metres and link the Guadalhorce estuary with the Caminito del Rey. It will cost 200 million euros and will take several years to complete

After the wooden walkway over the Guadalhorce estuary, the Gran Senda (great trail), the Caminito del Rey and the Senda Litoral (coastal path), the Diputación provincial authority is now working on the Corredor Verde (green corridor) which will be the biggest river park in Spain, covering 4.5 million square metres.

It will pass through eight municipalities in the lower Guadalhorce river basin, (Álora, Ardales, Pizarra, Coín, Alhaurín el Grande, Cártama, Alhaurín de la Torre and Malaga city), a 54-kilometre-long trip through the natural beauty spots of the river between Malaga and the Desfiladero de los Gaitanes gorge, below the Caminito del Rey. The plan will include recreation areas and walking routes and footpaths.

This ambitious project will cost 200m euros and will take several years to come to fruition, as it will be carried out in stages, as the president of the provincial authority, Francisco Salado, explained this week.

Salado said this is likely to be the biggest project carried out during this legislature and it would be highly beneficial for the province.

"The main objective is to make the Guadalhorce valley a strategic area in Andalucía for sustainable activities, highlighting the countryside, its rich and varied biodiversity and its historical and cultural heritage," he explained.

He also said the cost would have to be shared by all the authorities. At present the plans are being drawn up for the initial stage of the project which, all being well, is expected to start before the end of this year.