The end of an era as El Papagayo on Calahonda beach lies deserted, notices around the place saying ‘Fighting against the expropriation of El Papagayo by the Council’.
El Papagayo has been a popular watering hole on Calahonda beach for many years, offering ‘live’ music and events in the summer, but all good things come to an end I suppose, particularly when revenue can be earned from building licences.
The plan appears to be to build a new 200 metre section of walkway, complete with viewpoints, to replace the old Paseo de Los Carabineros, which was closed some nine years ago after a rockslide. Any new walkway has to be away from the cliffs, presumably starting roughly where El Papagayo is.
The old Paseo de Los Carabineros, an excellent walk in its day, took you from Calahonda all the way to Burriana. A return to that situation seems to be totally out of the question, a shortened version being the only possibility according to the regional authorities. And it is only a possibility as far as we know, nothing definite having yet been agreed by any of the parties involved.