Jávea na­tur­ist beach 'scrubbed off the map'

Costa Blanca News (North Edition) - - NEWS - By Sa­man­tha Kett

A NUDIST beach in Jávea has been wiped off the map 'for safety rea­sons', the coun­cil says.

The re­mote and idyl­lic Am­bolo bay has al­ways been pop­u­lar with bathers seek­ing an allover tan, but 'rude bits' on dis­play have noth­ing to do with the fact its signs have been taken down.

Although the cove has been shut to bathers for 11 years due to the risk of rock­falls, thou­sands of sun­seek­ers still slip through the net – lit­er­ally – ev­ery day in sum­mer so they can get their kit off and catch the rays.

The near­est street, the C/Richard Wag­ner, was cor­doned off with chains in Au­gust to stop peo­ple parking on it as ambu- lances could not get through, but this did not stop de­ter­mined lo­cals and hol­i­day­mak­ers from leav­ing their cars fur­ther afield and walk­ing down to the Am­bolo.

Now, in a dras­tic move to avert a pos­si­ble tragedy, the coun­cil has cov­ered the road signs giv­ing di­rec­tions to the bay from the Por­titxol road, mean­ing any­one not al­ready fa­mil­iar with the area will not be able to find it.

Only the Cabo de la Nao and Granadella signs re­main.

The Am­bolo bay has not ap­peared in guide­books or on tourist web­sites for years, but the thrill of the 'for­bid­den' means it has be­come more pop­u­lar since it shut in 2006 than ever be­fore.

In fact, it is nearly im­pos­si­ble to find a towel-space in July and Au­gust.

And emer­gency res­cues and cars block­ing res­i­dents' drive­ways have mul­ti­plied in di­rect pro­por­tion to Jávea coun­cil's at­tempts to dis­suade vis­i­tors to the beach.

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