Xàbia City requests European aid of 5.6 million for different projects aimed at sustainable management of the coast

The plan incorporates the reorganization of the Primer Montañar, the reopening of the Cap de Sant Antoni lighthouse and systems to reserve buoys.

Monday 13th March 2023
Mike Smith

Xàbia Council has requested aid of 5.6 million from the Ministry of Industry, Commerce and Tourism within the Destination Tourism Sustainability Plans program (subcategory residential mixed sun and beach destination) financed with European funds specified Next Generation EU of the Recovery Plan.

The project, which revolves around the sustainable management of the local coastline, includes six actions. The most important is the project on Avenida Mediterráneo for the protection of vulnerable users, budgeted at 2.5 million euros. It is a set of works to adapt the avenue as a coastal path, promoting its pedestrian use instead of vehicles and as a transition axis between the marine and urban environment.

Among other details to promote sustainable mobility and awareness about the natural environment, information panels on the biodiversity present will be installed and ecological materials such as lights and pavement surface will be chosen as well as green ornamentation that improves air pollution.

Other projects included are the adaptation of the two buildings of the Cap de Sant Antoni lighthouse as an visitor’s centre for the marine reserve of the seabed, a space for environmental education, awareness and dissemination (1.4 million) and a lighting renewal plan in municipal facilities for more energy efficient equipment (valued at 1.6 million).

The Council contributes another of the projects aimed at improving coastal management and seabed protection, which is a reservation system for anchoring buoys in which you can check the availability of beaches in real time and in several languages. manage reserves and at the same time find out about protected coastal areas and posidonia (a budget of 200,000 euros).

As for the beaches, the plan is that which is deployed each year for capacity control and auxiliary security services, with information and surveillance personnel (requesting aid equivalent to a three-year concession at a cost of 376,000 euros) and a complementary system to be able to check in real time the availability of places or reserve land access to coves and sea caves with useful and safety information for users.