Cars parked on a yellow line in the Ca los Camps area of Arta. | Assumpta Bassa


Arta town hall has approved a plan for the sustainable management of its coast that is aimed at conservation and being compatible with public use. Included in this is a proposal to establish car parking facilities away from the unspoiled coves - Estreta, Mitjana and Torta - and to stop vehicles entering protected areas.

The plan, which has been a year in the drafting, requires the backing of the environment ministry. It has been sent a copy, as has the committee for the Xarxa Natura 2000 network, which has given a favourable response.

The plan contains a series of actions to be carried out over the next four years, all within a framework of coastal sustainable management. It envisages further development of areas of cultural interest - the Arta mountains and Na Borges, which encompasses the torrent with this name that runs into the sea at Son Serra de Marina.

In the Na Borges area is the dunes system of Sa Canova, which is between Son Serra and Colonia Sant Pere. This system occupies a very prominent place in the plan, given that it has suffered erosion because of hiking and horseriding. There was a recent alert by the environmentalists GOB regarding the harm said to be caused by horses.

A correction of management measures for Sa Canova is therefore being contemplated, but the plan also provides for a cultural route of the coast, which may satisfy the horseriders (the riding in the area is really just walking rather than riding at any speed).

Better location of information posters is also planned as part of a proposal for a unified system of signage along the coast.