One of the most popular summer excursions in Nerja, is a walk up the Rio Chillar, starting in an area known as Los Cahorros. However, this walk has become a victim of its own success, with too many people going there and too many cars trying to park at the entrance, especially on summer weekends. Visitors have also been failing to respect the natural environment, dumping their rubbish (including their water sodden shoes) as they go.
Nerja council have now decided to take action and are going to install a barrier to block vehicle access near to the large eucalyptus tree which is located just past the access lane to the quarry (which is currently used for parking) at Los Almachares.
Instead the council are preparing a free car park on Calle del Mirto, which they claim will be large enough to accommodate all the visitors vehicles, however this will mean a long walk with no shade to the start of the river walk itself, a move which is bound to substantially reduce visitor numbers.
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I went there this weekend in the evening. The number of cars still parked and the number of people walking back suggests to me that the council have no idea how many people want to enjoy this walk and I would say there was absolutely no way they could provide a suitably large parking area in a predominantly residential area. I saw little evidence of rubbish and far less discarded shoes than the last time I did this walk. What I did see was a lot of people with small children and some adults with a degree of walking difficulty. If they do put up this barrier it will prevent a lot of people using the walk due to the long way to get to the start, and it will include a steep hill. Not entirely sure how the half of Nerja who went there instead of the beach will fit when there is no choice of river or sea.........
by Bookworm Abroad
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