MARBELLA’S GETTING READY FOR A BUSY SUMMER
Summer is approaching and Marbella is getting ready for what is expected to be a record influx of tourists. Town hall workers are now busy replenishing beaches with 24,000 cubic metres of sand to ensure they are in top condition by the time summer arrives.
This follows work that was done in the run up to Easter to clean, replenish and improve the shore, and shows the importance placed on tourism to the town’s economy. Local authorities know the 27 kilometres of Marbella’s coastline are a major draw for millions of visitors who descend on the region each year and keep a rolling programme of maintenance and improvements to ensure the beaches are kept in pristine condition.
As well as replenishing sand, amenities such as showers, lifeguard stations, toilets and litter bins will be maintained and replaced as necessary, while lifeguards will soon be on duty for the summer season. Daily cleaning services in the summer will keep the sands clear of litter and safe from hazardous materials such as broken glass.
Investing in Marbella
On top of such maintenance the authorities have also been investing substantial amounts of money to improve amenities. In Marbella, Plaza Antonio Banderas in Puerto Banús was remodelled last year as part of a scheme to renew the upmarket marina, while further works on the streets and parks of the town and neighbouring Estepona costing millions of euros have either been completed or are on-going.
One of the most visible improvements is the work being undertaken to construct a coastal pathway linking all the Costa del Sol`s beaches, to create what is expected to be a highly popular attraction in its own right. Indeed, the completed sections of the walk—which already amount to 100km of the 180kms from Nerja to Manilva—have attracted many visitors. Marbella alone has spent €11million over the past seven years on the scheme, creating a stylish and elegant promenade in the town centre, and attractive walkways connecting many of the most desirable seafront urbanisations.
With tourists spending some €9 billion each year in the region it is important that the local authorities continue to invest in such projects in order for it to maintain its spot as one of the top holiday destinations in the world, as well as a highly desirable place in which to make a permanent home.
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