'CAVE SQUAT­TERS' HOL­I­DAY IN JÁVEA

Costa Blanca News (North Edition) - - FRONT PAGE - By Sa­man­tha Kett

hol­i­days on Jávea seafront are be­com­ing pop­u­lar – al­beit il­le­gal – as dozens of tourists set up tents with­out per­mis­sion on the clifftops.

Many did so at Easter and more have ar­rived in the last few weeks, and some even sleep in the caves.

Camp fires be­ing lit are also caus­ing con­cerns for lo­cal author­i­ties, given the risk of an in­ferno, and some have left rub­bish bags be­hind at the end of their stay.

Last Au­gust, three 20-some­things spent a month on 'hol­i­day' in the Els Testos cave on the bor­der with Ben­i­tachell, which can only be reached by ab­seil­ing down to it, and the El Mo­raig cave, plus the one be­tween Jávea's Am­bolo bay and the Cabo de la Nao have also be­come un­of­fi­cial camp­ing sites for young sun­seek­ers.

The lat­ter was oc­cu­pied for sev­eral months.

And at Easter, the Tal­lada cave on the Dé­nia-Jávea bor­der was left filled with rub­bish sacks and re­mains of bon­fires.

This month, tents have been set up on the Sar­dinera bay in Jávea, which is only reached by a cliff path.

Al­though coastal caves used to be used by fish­er­men overnight, camp­ing – or squat­ting – in them is not per­mit­ted, Jávea coun­cil says.

But the fi­nan­cial cri­sis means hol­i­day­mak­ers are con­stantly seek­ing to save money, and sleep­ing in a cave or set­ting up a tent means they get their ac­com­mo­da­tion free.

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