Mijas beach swept away

200,000 cubic metres of sand lost

200,000 cubic metres of sand lost Photos: Ana Mata / X

The rainstorm that hit Costa del Sol in the early hours of Saturday morning, March 9, has washed away a large part of the beach of El Bombo in Mijas and has caused significant damage to a beach bar located on the seafront.

The high seas knocked down a watchtower, a beach bar was seriously affected, with part of its structure badly damaged leaving several pipes exposed as the photographs show. Municipal services have now cordoned off the area to prevent injury to any passers-by.

The Mayor of Mijas, Ana Mata, published on the social network X (formerly Twitter) several photos showing the damage that the heavy rains have caused on the beachfront of the town.

“The storm has caused a lot of damage to our beaches. The central government must take all the necessary actions to stabilise the coastline. As Mayor I will continue to demand that measures are taken,” Mata said in her message postedon X.

The coastline of Mijas has been suffering for some time now from storms and the Town Hall had already planned to deposit 13,000 cubic metres of sand in El Bombo to alleviate the loss of the beach. Now though it is estimated that approximately 200,000 cubic metres of sand have disappeared overnight because of this latest storm.

In addition to this incident, the road between Genalguacil and Estepona via Peñas Blancas had to be closed to traffic due to the overflowing of the river Almarchal. The rising water flooded the road, making transit impossible at this point after the heavy rains.


Also, members of the Provincial Fire Brigade Consortium (CPB) of the Malaga Provincial Council rescued two occupants of a vehicle which had become trapped in the riverbed of the River Padrón in Estepona at around 6am.

Given the possibility of a similar situation happening again, the CPB and the Local Police have closed the access roads to the Guadalobón, Padrón and Guadalmansa riverbeds in Estepona. The CPB has appealed to the public that in the event of floods, “vehicles should not cross the riverbeds of the rivers and streams due to the risk involved”.

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Written by

Kevin Fraser Park

Kevin was born in Scotland and worked in marketing, running his own businesses in UK, Italy and, for the last 8 years, here in Spain. He moved to the Costa del Sol in 2016 working initially in real estate. He has a passion for literature and particularly the English language which is how he got into writing.


    • Michael Robert Childs

      11 March 2024 • 13:55

      They have been talking about taking action for decades even had a poster up few years ago showing that they intended to put up a breakwater 200 meters out to sea to protect the beaches. Every time they move sand from one area to another you can guarantee there will be a storm short time afterwards. In my 50 years of visiting and now living in Butiplaya (Los Cordobeses) it seems the sea takes its toll on the area in fact the damaged beach bar was destroyed a few years ago this one is the phoenix that’s why the posts in ground to support?? As is the problem in Spain the local authorities know what is required the Regional Authority is aware but seem to not want to help or deal with the matter and the political problem is always the party in power in one is the opposing one in the other so nothing in effect gets done. Having read various media reports this will no longer be of value tomorrow, but things will probably stay the same they spend a fortune moving the sand then wait for the next storm which if comes from the left will bring more sand back????

    • Mr M Robson

      12 March 2024 • 14:06

      The effects of the storm plus global warming causing sea level rise in Spain
      In the previous century sea level rise has been 2-3 mm/year along the Atlantic coast and a little less along the Mediterranean. A minimum sea level rise of 15 cm is expected until 2050 (1). At the end of the century sea level rise is estimated to be 0,5-1 m

      • Mr M Robson

        13 March 2024 • 07:29

        Combined with waves caused by wind gusts of up to 80 km/h and a pretty high tide at the weekend, close to the spring tide range maximum of around 0.7 m in the Mijas area.

    • A.person

      12 March 2024 • 15:20

      Global warming lmao…if we didn’t have this naturally occurring, then we would still be in an ice age!!!🤣
      It’s all a scam to make take fiat cash.
      Amazing how many places are not actual beaches, just rocks.
      Leave it to it’s natural beauty, and that would lose tourists, then prices will fall and locals could afford property.
      Happy days.😁😉

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