Fourteen Most Important Sea Spots along the Coastal Path
There is great diversity of fish species along the coast of Málaga...
The Coastal Path is a project which is meant to make it easier to travel from Manilva to Nerja along the coastline (through Casares, Estepona, Marbella, Mijas, Fuengirola, Benalmádena, Torremolinos, Málaga, Rincón de la Victoria, Vélez-Málaga, Algarrobo and Torrox). It stretches along 180 km divided in round 200 sections which connect existing structures, such as seafronts, lanes and paths, with new parts. These are promenades, cliffs, beaches, marinas, wooden bridges and even the longest footbridge in Europe.
This project is closely linked to the Great Málaga Path (GR 249), more than 850-kilometre-long, circular, long-distance trail that consists of paths and ways, goes throughout the province and has already become an example of active tourism in this country. Some of the sections of these two paths are the same. Some of its spots are the beginning or the end of another trails as the mouth of the River Guadalhorce is for the long-distance path Guadalhorce (GR 248).
There is great diversity of fish species along the coast of Málaga. Small creatures with bright colours decorate the sea bottom while they swim in search of food. The most common ones are sargos or white seabreams and other Sparidae, such as the common two-banded sea bream. The Mediterranean chromis and the ornate wrasse (Thalassoma pavo) can also be seen while diving.
We must be careful not to step on the bottom as there might be hidden some dangerous species, such as the small red scorpionfish (Scorpaena notata), which can be found between the rocks, or the greater weever (Trachinus draco) in the sand. These fish have venomous dorsal spines which can cause pain if you get stung.
Close to rocks, in shallow, less than 1m-deep water, there are several species of fish (from the families of Gobiidae and Blennidae) and some invertebrates, such as the Mediterranean snakelocks sea anemone (Anemonia sulcata) or small shrimps and crabs.
There are 14 spots that stand out along the Coastal Path regarding its sea life:
- Torrecilla Beach, Nerja
- Calaceite, Torrox
- Punta de las Ballenas, Algarrobo
- Valleniza, Almayate
- Acantilados del Cantal (cliffs), Rincón de la Victoria
- Peñón del Cuervo (rocky outcrop), Málaga
- Bajondillo, Torremolinos
- Punta Negra y Torrequebrada, Benalmádena
- Arrecife John Charles (reef), Cala de Mijas
- Los Boliches, Fuengirola
- Punta Nabules, Marbella
- Roquedo de Alfaro, Estepona
- Torre de la Sal (tower), Casares
- Punta Chullera (headland), Manilva.
The Blue Trail is the star project of the County Council of Málaga, committed to environment and sustainability together with the tourism cultural and heritage products linked to the sea life in the Province of Málaga.
The Blue Trail as a brand is meant to unify and disclose the entire tourist supply related to sea in the province of Málaga. This project is developed by the Costa del Sol Tourism and Planning in cooperation with their maritime sector, supported by and in collaboration with Maritime and Marine Andalusian Industries. They worked on four sectors which are divided in: nautical tourism and marinas, unique tourist experiences, sustainability and protection of cultural heritage, accommodation and restaurants.
The Blue Trail pretends to include new water and underwater resources, by building artificial reefs with regard to sea environment, recovering ecosystems in order to establish marine ecotourism, building marine facilities that can help promotion of water sport activities such as sailing, paddle boarding, kayaking, and so on.
This project is closely linked to the Coastal Path and it will include a programmed activities that should make it easier for the people from Málaga to enjoy the sea, by promoting marine, cultural and environmental events, and by designing, together with the industry in question, different marketing strategies for the Blue Trail as well as a plan for promoting this action in and out of the province.