The Nerja Business Association (AEN) has written to Ricardo Salas, the director of the Sierra de Almijara, Tejeda and Alhama Natural Park, to bring to his attention two issues which the AEN believe affect Nerja.

The first relates to the need, in the view of the AEN, to improve the signage on the Sierra Almijara trails, to help tourists who wish to explore the area. They argue that the current lack of signage is a contributing factor to visitors getting lost in the area.

The Business Association also believe that the parks are under used at present and that there is an urgent need to develop a plan to promote more tourism in the area which will be of benefit to Nerja.

In July Gordon Simm, a 63 year old British tourist, went missing whilst hiking alone up the Rio Chillar. Despite extensive searches being conducted on the ground and from the air, no trace has so far been found.

Last summer the Dutch tourist Mary-Anne Goossens went missing for more than two weeks in the Rio Chillar, before being found alive and well, trapped in a pool between two waterfalls, in an inaccessible area near to the source of the river. After a rescue operation lasting several hours, the 48 year old woman was freed by the Guardia Civil Mountain Rescue team, who had to use ropes to descend into the pool, and she was transferred to Velez Malaga Hospital by helicopter. Other than scratches and having lost 10kg in weight, she was otherwise unharmed by the ordeal. She survived by drinking the river water and eating plants.

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