A draft plan to re-open a section of the long closed Paseo de los Carabineros cliff path that links Calahonda beach to Burriana has been approved by Nerja council. The blueprint for the €150,000 project now has to be approved by the Costas department after which work could start to re-open a 200 metres long stretch of the total path.

The footpath has been officially closed for many years because of dangerous rock falls. The new path would partially follow the route of the existing footpath, but would run further south, taking it away from the overhanging cliffs. The route would also have two view points and would be a round-trip, rather than connecting to Carabeo beach.

The Costas (coasts) department has responsibility for this footpath and have installed barriers and signs warning of the dangers. Although officially closed, many people just climb over the barriers, or join the path from points that are not blocked off and walk along the footpath, which is almost deserted even in the height of summer.

The Nerja councillor for the environment Nieves Atencia has previously said that the council will do everything it can to re-open the path to the public.

The entrances to the footpath can be seen at the western end of Burriana beach and also from Carabeo and Calahonda beaches.

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This path was once one of our favourite walks. Looking forward to it being open again. To get the best from this path it must connect The Balcon with Burriana.
by Malcolm

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