Asociación Pro Dunas Marbella

Marbella (Málaga)   e-mail: /





The Association. History





The Association was founded on 14th September 2004. It consists of 9 members and is legally constituted with the NIF G92658756. It consists of a President, a Vice-President, a Secretary and Founder Members. It has 3 classes of membership: Founder Members, Ordinary Members and Honorary Members. The Association is governed by its statutes and will convene a General Meeting every two years. It is a non-profit organisation with the exclusive aims of the recovery and sustainability of the dune systems and for the common weal of the Municipality of Marbella. New members are always welcome.


1st PILLAR of the Association




Making the wealth of the natural heritage of the Marbella Dunes Ecological Reserve known and appreciated


  • Support the natural values of our dune environment

  • Encourage citizen participation in environmental issues

  • Provide an alternative to the "sun and beach" tourism

  • Encourage the active participation and collaboration of companies, Community of Owners, associations, volunteers, etc.

  • Listen to any and all proposals and initiatives regarding the dune system

  • Support scientific study of the biodiversity in dune areas

  • Seek out new members and friends of nature

  • Seek out sponsors to encourage and promote the dune projects




Produnas Initiatives


Visits to Cultural Heritage sites - Monuments:

  • “Las Bóvedas” Roman Baths.

  • Early Christian Basilica “Vega del Mar”.

  • Roman Villa “Rio Verde”.

  • “Lance de las Cañas” Tower .

  • Torrón Hill.

  • Old Town area of Marbella.

  • The “Concepción” Forge.

  • Museum of Contemporary Spanish Prints.

  • The Buenavista Mine.

  • Trapiche de Guadaiza-Old sugar mill in San Pedro Alcántara.

  • New: Proposed by Pro Dunas: A walk from the Natural Monument "Artola" to “Lance de las Cañas” Tower.


Vistas desde Bahía de Marbella sobre el monte Hacho (Ceuta- Marruecos) y Gibraltar



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In 2004 a small group of Marbella residents was fired up by the need to fight to preserve and restore as much as possible of the last remaining sand dunes which had once formed a continuous line from Cabopino to Rio Real.
The spark that set them off was their fight against the project of a "beach club" on the sand dunes of "La Adelfa" in Bahía de Marbella, a project which would have destroyed a full kilometre of the dunes.
800 signatures launched them to form a "non-profit" Association to act as the speaker between the public and various central, regional and local authorities. Thus the Asociación Pro Dunas - Playa La Adelfa - Bahía de Marbella was established on the 14th of September 2004.

From day one the Association operates under the motto: The Association works tirelessly for the defence and preservation of the unique ecosystems that survive in the natural sand dune environments in the Province of Málaga; promotes the protection of native flora and small wildlife; promotes recovery, rehabilitation and conservation of interesting bio-diversity of sand dunes areas in the municipality of Marbella.
The reconstruction and safeguarding of all sand dunes areas means an enhancement of the "Natural Values of Andalucia" and enriches the Natural Heritage of the Municipality of Marbella. Awareness Days in the coastal area foster public and governmental understanding.

Finally, at the end of 2015 the 12 years of constant dedication and hard work by the Association paid off. 9 sand dunes along 13km of the Costa del Sol coast were awarded the status of "Ecological Reserve – Marbella Dunes" by the Junta de Andalucía.
This Declaration of Protection is the result of all these years of intensive work by the Pro Dunas Association who restored and reforested these natural areas until each of the eco-systems shows its unique, special beauty. The richness of the native flora and fauna encourages one to study the more than 220.000m² of the Reserve.

Over all these years the Association has been getting information out there about the dunes and carrying out various maintenance works in the "Dunas de Artola" Natural Monument in Cabopino. This is a natural area of enormous beauty. In 2003 it was declared the "Natural Monument - Artola Dunes". It covers an area of about 200,000m². Its interesting mobile (those closest to the beach) and fossil dunes encourages many scientists and university students to study the dune vegetation in depth. It houses a military defensive tower which dates from the period of the Arab domination of the region, the Torre Ladrones, which has been declared a "BIEN DE INTERÉS CULTURAL" (a Structure of Cultural Interest).

Our Association is proud to be taking part in looking after and protecting the legacy of the Natural Values of Andalucía which in this case cover about 500,000m² of dune systems in the Municipality of Marbella, and of defending these ecological values and making them known by our work in the local schools and in programs aimed at the general public.



Andalucía still boats an exceptional natural Heritage and it is our responsibility to pass on these values and the need to preserve them for future generations. Alongside the formal environmental education taught in schools and other official circles, it is necessary to expose and acknowledge the reality of personal commitments, and constant hard work, of which our Association is a commendable example.

The frequent collaboration and close ongoing dialogue between the Asociación Pro Dunas and the Town Hall of Marbella, the State Administration (via the Coastal Demarcations Authority for Andalucia-Mediterranean),the junta de Andalucia (Regional Government) (via the regional ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and the Environment) is a notorious example of good practice of modern Comprehensive Management Policies of Coastal Areas, that are being promoted by the European Union, and the Regional Government is striving to implement.

From the very beginning, the Association have worked tirelessly on several activity fronts, in five key areas, and on a basis of commitment and sacrifices, unwavering over time:

• the task of care and maintenance of native flora in all sand dune areas that have been rehabilitated.
• contacts with agencies, technicians and politicians with responsibilities and powers related to theses Andalusian coastal areas.
• disclosure of the problems related to the preservation of sand dune environments, to the media.
• environmental education, especially of the younger generation, with the active participation of Environmental Authorities technicians.
• close contact with the public, transmitting civic initiatives to the responsible Administrations






The seventeenth edition of the environment prizes that the andalusian government awards annually, has been awarded this year to our Association Pro Dunas in the modality of “Natural Values of Andalucia”.


The jury which awards the prizes have acknowledged the continuing efforts of our non–profit Association, appreciating the different annual performances, highlighted by the multiple projects and actions related to the preservation, protection and maintenance of the dune areas in the Municipality of Marbella since 2004.


The granting of this award is the culmination of many years of struggle and unconditional labour and it represents the public acknowledgement to a team of volunteers who spend many hours of their time selflessly, because they believe in projects that impact on the common good of all citizens. With their solidary cooperation they are effectively part of the Association’s initiatives.


We strongly believe that the environmental initiatives can promote the transformation of society through awareness workshops and outreach, as well as a respectful behavour and protection of nature, with the help of the younger generation in participatory programmes