Spain is one of those countries that has not benefited from the huge influx of EU money. After the cash injection arrived the Spanish authorities quickly set about building a new transport infrastructure but many of those roads now stand incomplete while the roadworks still cause mayhem for drivers. Spain is good at wasting money.
Another example of wasted money and resources lies at the west end of the beach in Bolonia, Costa de la Luz, Andalucia where the local council has built a wooden walkway that runs along the dunes at the back of the beach and leads up to a mirador (viewing point) with information on the view.
The problem with the walkway is that it serves no purpose. The dunes were unspoilt before the walkway was built and now there is a rather unsightly collection of planks that really wasn’t needed at all.
The mirador is okay; it’s a nice place to stand for a few minutes and admire the view but that could still be done without building a path.
I understand the attraction, the Thai style design makes it look slightly exotic and the information panel at the end (written only in Spanish) doesn’t actually give much information at all, apart from the names of the dunes and a picture of the view.
These kind of luxuries are what has led Spain to the brink of financial ruin and the current need for austerity measure that the people don’t want. And who can blame them? It’s not them who invested the country’s money badly, so why should they have to pay it back?
If the EURO collapses as many are touting then Spain will suffer maybe a decade of recovery and things like the walkway at Bolonia, Costa de la Luz, Andalucia will serve as a living reminder that mistakes of the past should never be made again.
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