What’s in a Name?

SAL Playa Cagaillas OnLSalobreña has, or better said, had, a beach called Cagailla, which translates to “little poops.” The beach continues to exist but its old name doesn’t after it was decided to change it to something… a little more inviting: Playa Punta del Rio.

Although the old name might have been descriptive, it didn’t give any clues, so to speak, about its location. The new name does; literally, “River Point Beach.”

It was a wise move by the Municipal Tourism Department, because how can you expect to sell a tourist attraction called little poops – note that we are using the mildest possible translation.

“It was a name that gave negative influence to our touristic image; not just to the beach, but to the town, as well,” explained the Councillor for Tourism, Manuel Guirado.

Together with the change of name, this hitherto, little-used beach on the other side of the river will also also be getting the sort of equipment that the other ones already enjoy.

Now, before we wind up this article, we’ll put you out of your misery by explaining why the beach got the name Cagaillas in the first place. Thankfully, it had nothing to do with an abundance of excrement.

The original name was Cabo Guilla (Cape Guilla) named after the man who used to man the watch tower that once existed there. Over the centuries the name has contracted into its present unfortunate form.

(News: Salobrena, Costa Tropical, Granada, Spain)

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