The natural pool La Lajilla Beach later officially renamed Costa Alegre beach was closed from 16th August 2017 until 28th March 2018 due to a major beach renovation. This first phase of works included improvements to the barranco which would flow through the middle of beach when there was heavy rain.
Here’s how the beach used to look before the renovation, click here to see what Costa Alegre beach looks like now.
Read below for historic updates of the renovations including photos and videos.
Day One Of renovations 16th August 2017
At the moment this stretch of beach until Sunwing Hotel is closed. The top coastal path is undergoing renovations at the same time. You can still get to Patalavaca from Arguineguin if you walk along the top coastal path from the Whale’s Tail roundabout to the slope at Sunwing Hotel and then resume the beach path to Patalavaca and Anfi.
Restaurante Sol y Sombra have had to reduce their seating as they no longer have a terrace area. There was a digger machine on the first day of works near Sunwing Hotel. This first phase is expected to take 6 months.
Here is the computer generated illustration of how the beach renovation should look when finished.
The second phase of renovations is set to start in 2018, but of course we will keep you updated.
January 2018 update
February 2018 update
We were taking a nice Sunday walk past La Lajilla beach today when we realised that there were people down on the sand. We were so surprised because there hasn’t been any official announcement of the reopening from the town hall.
As we walked down the steps we greeted with this view. There have been a lot of updates since January! The rugged area on the left which has had a kind of decking installed which makes it a great solarium area, especially for those who don’t like a lot of sand. The path takes you round and it’s much more accessible than before. There are 2 shower installations and a large ramp.
The sand is a lovely orange colour and although we haven’t been in for a swim yet, the seabed is much smoother than before.
The storm drain which used to cause problems when the barranco filled during rainy season has been diverted off to the side past the hotel Dorado Beach. Over on the other side there is a big wall and railings around the edge which gives the beach a safer feel to it and looks much nicer. Solar lights have been installed on the sides of the wall too.
Again, we were surprised to see people down there on the beach as there were building materials and palettes on the floor but it looks the fence has been opened and everyone just went down to enjoy the sunshine regardless and at their own risk.
Let us know in the comments below what you think of the new Costa Alegre Beach renovations. Do you like it or do you prefer the older rugged look?
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