Motorhomes are still waiting for official parking in Malaga
Their numbers are growing and they are scattered in different parts of the city, including the old Butano pitch and near the Martín Carpena sports stadium.
Henry and his wife lead a nomadic life. They arrived in Malaga at the end of April, coming from Valencia in their motorhome. “It’s good. We really wanted to come here to enjoy the good weather and the beaches,” Henry tells us, before getting on his bike and going for a swim.
Their motorhome is parked on the old Butano pitch, their third parking lot in the city after the Martín Carpena sports complex and Sacaba beach. They are not alone, far from it, because this piece of land between Sacaba and the river, unused since Repsol dismantled the old petrol tanks in 2007, has become very popular with motorhomes. Curiously, this is where people always parked, until the town hall decided to allow 100 motorhomes to park in an area of the Martín Carpena parking lot for a maximum of 72 hours at a time.
Lack of controls
However, the lack of controls and the tourist attractions of Malaga meant that more than 300 vehicles were parked there. In response, the city council’s mobility department completely banned overnight parking at the Martín Carpena at the end of February, and since there are no other official sites, people have been looking for alternatives in different areas.
The current situation is that there are no motorhomes in the parking area next to the Carpena complex, but there are plenty all around. “Until they tell us otherwise, we will stay here because we have everything we need close by,” says Laura, who owns one of twelve motorhomes on one side of the stadium. Most, however, headed for Sacaba Beach, first to the parking lot at the entrance to the urbanization, which caused complaints from local residents, and then to the Butano site. This land is private property (by Repsol) so the town hall does not have the power to ban motorhomes from it.
According to city regulations, motorhomes are free to park in the city as long as they don’t use awnings or put chairs or other furniture next to them. In other words, they can park but not settle. Caravans, on the other hand, are prohibited from parking on the street.
Sources at Malaga City Council admit no progress has been made in finding an alternative site, as they promised during a meeting with the Plataforma Estatal del Karavaning (PEKA) group. “We are still working on it, but we have not yet found a definitive solution,” says Councilor José del Río, who believes that the dispersion of these vehicles in different parts of the city causes fewer problems than when there are many of them. at the same place. and form a “mini-district”. In the meantime, the PEKA association hopes that the council will soon find a solution.