(This article was originally published in September 2009 and is visible now so that readers can look at what was happening on the Costa Tropical back then.)
The summer is tapering off and drawing towards its conclusion. With the kids going back to school virtually two weeks earlier than normal, the sensation of the summer having finished is more pronounced. So, just how did it go?
The new stretch of autovía opened and although the traffic jams leading into Almuñécar from La Herradura have virtually disappeared, the N-340 from the Taramay roundabout to Torrenueva was a complete and utter nightmare, with a journey between Almuñécar and Motril taking, on average, an hour and a half – double the time that it takes to get down from Granada to the coast.
Salobreña and La Herradura, blessed with fewer internal roadworks, faired much better than Motril or Almuñécar. Although tighter pockets were in evidence in Salobreña and La Herradura, the atmosphere was more optimistic than Almuñécar, with its self-inflicted hell.
Motril’s Avenida de Salobreña was the town’s major headache, although the numerous other roadworks in the backstreets contributed to the general exasperation felt.
Almuñécar was a case apart. The new autovía brought with it little relief, because the nightmare that awaited visitors within the town was enough to make many of them about face and head home.
Whilst Salobreña created another 1,500 extra parking places for their summer visitors, Almuñécar was apparently busy eliminating as many as possible – at least, that is the impression that residents and visitors were left with.
(News: Costa Tropical, Granada, Andalucia)