EACH summer the residents of Les Deveses in Denia appeal to the town hall to sort out the disappearing sand at the local beach.
Only a few metres separate the sea from the front-line houses along the shore which quickly becomes saturated with tourists. Many of these tourists see how busy the beach is and realise that there is nowhere to place their towels and no sand to plant their umbrellas in and leave for other beaches.
In Les Deveses there is a 100 metre stretch of sand where those lucky enough to find space put their towels down but in some parts the water level already touches the walls that protect the houses from storms.
The barriers that formed these protections have been worn down by the continuous waves and are now a danger to passers-by. “More than one person has been hit or cut by them,” said Juanjo Jiménez, president of the Les Deveses neighbourhood association.