As we reported earlier in the month, plans to re-develop El Playazo beach to the west of Nerja have been put out to tender and Nerja Council have now revealed the outline draft of the development. Currently El Playazo is almost completely undeveloped and the new project aims to transform the beach and the area behind it into, in the words of the Mayor José Alberto Armijo (pictured), the “grand tourism resource that Nerja needs” being “the biggest development in the history of Nerja”.

The new development includes new homes, hotels, sports facilities and an enlarged beach area and promenade. The main road between Torrox and Nerja that runs behind the beach will become (according to the Mayor) “a grand boulevard that will connect Nerja with its most western part and the future marina”. The beach will be extended and will have 70,000 square metres of space and along with the new promenade will take up the first 100m from the top of the beach as it stands now.

The next 100m will become a “maritime sports environment zone” and will be 60,000 square metres in size for leisure and sports activities. The final 200m up to the main road will be developed for hotel accommodation of some 1,100 rooms, in one or more new hotels.

The northern section, from the main road onwards, will become a residential area, with permission for the construction of up to 2,200 new homes. In total the development will be over a million square metres in size, being seven times the size of the planned new development in Fuente del Baden, which up to now is the biggest in this area.

El Playazo Nerja May 2013

El Playazo Nerja May 2013

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IF this series of projects gets funded, the whole area will become a building site for some 10 years. If it is 'drip fed' as I would suspect, it will go on forever. What about parking? Doctor/hospital facilities? We have been visiting Nerja for 35 years, it has changed from the sleepy fishing village, enjoyed by those NOT looking for 5* treatment but a rather traditional experience, to a Cosmopolitan and upmarket area that could be any seaside resort, anywhere. The center is already 'heaving' with tourists even out of season, imagine that x 3 in the peak season. We are out of there!!
by Jan Hughes

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