The cargo ship Eos made its final journey fromValencia to the Bay of Soller last week to unload the final shipment of 16'000 tonnes of sand. The material was pumped through a series of pipes to its final resting place on the Es Través beach.
In order to cater for summer visitors, hoteliers in Soller have long been calling for the beach in the Port to be enlarged. Indeed, their dreams have now come true as the beach has been extended to 300 metres in length and measures 20 metres deep.
However, even as the sand was being raked through and smoothed over last week, studies were being undertaken to find out how to divert fresh water trickling down from the Sa Mola hill behind the town which would otherwise threaten to erode the newly laid sand.
At the same time, there have been a number of companies expressing interest to the local town council about bidding to manage the beach during the holiday season, renting out sunshades and sunbeds and generally taking responsibility for keeping the beach clean and tidy.
Nevertheless, local authorities have already made it clear that this year, no award of contract to private companies is to be considered.