Dangerous Old Nerja Road

The old section of the N-340 between La Herradura and Nerja has long been known to be dangerous but just how dangerous is it?

AXA NRJ N-340 Most DangousThe national, motoring association, Real Automóvil Club de España (RACE) draws up a report on black spots on Spanish roads each year and for more than ten years it has listed this section of road as a black spot, especially for bikers.

This year is no different and lists the Almuñécar/Nerja road within the ten worst black spots in the country specifically between kilometre points 296.4 and 312.9 (a little over 16 kilometres).

In fact, it rates as the second most dangerous length of road. There’s one other place that is calculated as worse; the N-634 in Cantabria on the northern coast of Spain

As far as Granada goes, the old N-323 that connects the coast to the Jaen has a lethal section, too, between kilometre points 172.5 and 190.3.

Going back to the Nerja section, there were eight serious accidents between 2019 and 2021 (bear in mind that this period encompasses the 2020 lockdown). These accidents produced two deaths and six severely injured victims.

This section of road is a favourite for bikers precisely because of the tight bends as it follows the coastline – there are three especially tight bends, one after the other with the middle one being the tightest.

The responsibility for its upkeep lies solely with the Ministerio de Fomento, as the road from where it leaves Maro and meets the Granada provincial border, has not been handed over the the Nerja Town Hall – from Maro to the municipal border of Torrox does come under municipal responsibility however.

(News: Nerja, Axarquia, Costa del Sol, Malaga, Andalucia – Photo & Original Article: E. Cabezas)

  2 comments for “Dangerous Old Nerja Road

  1. March 7, 2023 at 1:07 pm

    Patrick: damn! I was going to put that in an editorial comment but forgot. 😉

  2. Patrick Barry Storey
    March 7, 2023 at 12:16 pm

    I’m a little sorry to be so rude. But the road is only as safe as the person driving on it. If you exceed the speed limit or go too fast for the bends or actually go to the center of the road. While getting the race track thrill. Then sadly occasionally you will come unstuck. It’s not the road. It’s the speed and mentality of car and motorcycle drivers. Reducing speed will reduce accidents. But free will is their choice.

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