Playa Cantarrijan received over 38,798 visitors during July and August, according to the figures supplied by the shuttle service. Evidently, many other beach-goers made their way down on foot or bicycle, so their number is not included in this figure, but even so, this latest figure is 13,700 more than last year.
The shuttle service, which has been in operation since the summer of 2007 when private vehicles were forbidden access, is provided by the Department of the Environment, belonging to the Junta de Andalucia. The service runs from the 1st of July to the 31st of August, operating from nine in the morning to nine in the evening, every day of the week.
When you consider that nearly 40,000 people used the bus service at two euros per head, we can be reasonably sure that the service more than covered its running costs…
The Paraje Natural Maro-Cerro Gordo, within which the Cantarrijan beach lies, was established in 1989 and consists of 1,814 hectares, spread out between the the look-out tower in Maro (Malaga province) to Playa Caliza (Granada province). Playa Cañuelo (municipality of Nerja) also lies within the park and has vehicle restrictions and a shuttle service, as well.
(News: Herradura/Maro, Costa del Sol/Tropical, Malaga/Granada, Andalucia)