EARLIER THIS WEEK Guardamar Town Hall opened a ground-breaking new eco-footbridge which connects the Mediterranean residential urbanisation of El Moncayo with one of the most popular beaches on the Costa Blanca.
The Council have installed a 700 metre long footbridge that snakes through the woodland and across the golden sand dunes in Guardamar between the urbanisation of El Moncayo and Ortigues-Campo beach.
Standing 2.2 metres wide with banisters, and elevated over the dunes, the new walkway is designed so that the thousands of sunseekers who walk to the popular local beaches every year do not disturb the sand dunes or the indigenous plant life.
Constructed entirely of pressure treated timber, the new eco-footbridge has been built specifically to blend seemlessly with the natural beauty of the surrounding fauna.
Guardamar´s Mayor José Luis Sáez visited the area last Tuesday to view the new structure. Councillor Silvestre García said the walkway will not only benefit residents of the immediately adjoining area, but also visitors from other places in the Vega Baja who come to Guardamar to enjoy its idyllic and natural beaches.
Spanning the dunes: Guardamar’s eco-footbridge
Built by the Government’s Coastal Development Department at a cost of €250,000, Councillor García explained that the Town Hall have been insisting that the walkway was necessary for more than 8 years.
The sand dunes of Guardamar are preserved in their natural state. They form a protective barrier against strong sea winds and high tides, and as such, are prized for their importance to the local ecology of the south Costa Blanca area.
This singular ecosystem is home to thousands of Mediterranean plants, including Elymus farctus, a salt-resistant relative of the common wheat grass, perennial marram grass, and sea holly – a once widespread thistle native to most European coastlines which has become locally extinct along some Northern European coastlines.
Guardamar are rightly famed for their elevated walkways, with several footbridges already providing locals and tourists with easy access through and over the sand dunes.
The new eco-footbridge adjoins the El Moncayo urbanisation and the existing footbridge that spans the N-332 adjacent to the bus stop (in the direction of Alicante), with Ortigues-Campo (Campomar) beach. You can find the start of the new walkway by checking out this Google Map.
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