Junta calls for tenders for access control to Cantarriján beach


El Cañuelo Beach and Maro-Cerro Gordo Cliffs / e. cabeza

The ten-year concession will help preserve the Maro-Cerro Cliffs Natural Park, near Nerja, which has been a protected area since 1989

Eugenio Cabezas

The Junta de Andlaucia has launched a call for tenders for the management of access control services to the cliffs of Maro-Cerro Gordo from Cantarriján beach, located between Nerja and Almuñécar in the province of Granada. The concession will be for ten years and have a total budget of around 1.2 million euros. The deadline for submitting bids is today, Tuesday 3 May.

The Maro-Cerro Cliffs Natural Park, which has been a protected area since 1989, is one of the most environmentally important enclaves in the province of Malaga, as it is the only large stretch of undeveloped coastline. The foothills of the Sierra Almijara, declared a natural park in 1999, plunge into vertiginous landscapes, with coves and beaches of immense beauty, very difficult to access.

In order to preserve and protect the area, vehicles have been prohibited, except for the areas of El Cañuelo and Cantarriján beaches, which are shared by the town of Nerja and the neighboring town of Almuñécar.

Sustainable tourism

A statement from the regional government read: “Through this concession, visits to this natural area in the province of Granada will be made compatible with its preservation, while facilitating sustainable tourism. These cliffs are attracting more and more visitors for the great beauty of their landscapes,” he added. A small strip of Cantarriján beach belongs to Nerja.

The management of this equipment for public use will go through a series of actions including reception, information and enhancement of the natural space, which allows an approach to the natural and cultural heritage of this reserve. It also envisages the revitalization of the space through environmental education plans, the possibility of selling local crafts and products and inclusion in the Network of Natural Spaces. The contract also includes parking control, transport of visitors to restricted areas and management of routes and routes, also regulated.

During the summer period, a mini-bus service operates to regulate access to El Cañuelo and Cantarriján beaches, with regular departures from the car park.

Access to El Cañuelo beach /



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