Casa de Peones in Maro

The Nerja Town Hall has made a request to the Consejería de Hacienda y Administración Pública for the casa de peones camineros in Maro to be handed over for municipal use.

This single-storey building is on Calle San Miguel; i.e., the main thoroughfare, and the Town Hall has plans to turn it into a tourist information point, not only for the village itself, but also for the Acantilados de Maro-Cerro Gordo nature reserve.

These houses were originally for road-maintenance labourers, originating in the 1700’s. Each casa de peones camineros had to look after one league (6.5 kilometres) of road, with the house normally being situated in the middle of their section of road. The labourers were tasked with filling in the ruts and clearing out the drainage ditches.

Despite being obsolete for decades, some of the newer ones are in pretty good shape and like just about any structure built in the days of intense manual labour, they are very soundly built.

(News: Maro, Axarquia, Costa del Sol, Malaga, Andalucia)