The future of Primer Muntañar, the stretch between the port and the Arenal, has been highlighted for protection.

Mayor José Chulvi has met with Rosa de los Ríos, the head of the Alicante Provincial Coastal Service (“Costas”), to discuss the various different options available to highlight the importance of the Primer Montañar, the stretch of coast between the port and the Arenal, which is of great value to the town in terms of landscape, nature and heritage.

Also attending the meeting was Araceli Poblador, the Provincial Government Deputy Delegate, who has supported the municipal aim to carry out actions to improve the image and public use of this part of the coastline.

The mayor explained that Costas has supported the recent actions of the Council along this stretch, such as the prohibition of parking, since they are in perfect harmony with the sustainability policies promoted by the Ministry of Ecological Transition. In addition, Costas shares the conviction that the Primer Montañar is place of high natural and patriomonial interest, since it is an perfect example of sites from which tosca stone was extracted to be used in the very characteristic local architecture.

Consequently, they have been committed to working on a global project which aims to enhance the stretch of coastline and adapt it as a promenade. Meanwhile, the Council will continue to implement small-scale interventions that are compatible with the level of protection of the coastline.

Cala del Ministro

Another topic that was discussed at the meeting was the state of the section of coastline behind the Parador Hotel close to the Punta del Arenal which is popularly known as Cala del Ministro. January’s Storm Gloria destroyed the fance that surrounded Finca San Rafael in which Franco’s minister Mariano Navarro Rubio build a villas in the 1960s.

His heirs have rebuilt the enclosure, setting ti back towards the house and leaving free access to the pools of the old Roman-era fish farm that are part of an archaeological site. However, this space has become filled with rubble and debris caused by the storm which poses a risk for those who visit the site.

Mayor Chulvi pointed out that Costas has already presented a request to the Navarro family to clean and repair the spacve and they are waiting for them to register the project to carry out the work.

SOURCE: Press Release – Ayuntamiento de Xàbia