Málaga, Spain
City population: 564439
Duration: 2017 – ongoing
Implementation status: Ongoing
Scale: Micro-scale: District/neighbourhood level
Project area: 3320 m2
Type of area: Other
Last updated: October 2021

The rehabilitation of the main road Alameda Principal seeks to invert the previous distribution of use of space that saw 70% of it devoted to car usage and 30% to pedestrian use, after the intervention the situation should be 75% civilian and pedestrian space and 25% for cars. (Ref. 4,5) More public spaces, green areas, walks, bike lanes and leisure facilities will characterize this action, which also prioritizes highlighting the identity of this area of the city and value its architectural elements, patrimonial, wooded vault and cultural links. (Ref. 4)

Source: Ref. 8


Nature-based solution

  • Grey infrastructure featuring greens
  • Alley and street greens
  • Green areas for water management
  • Sustainable urban drainage systems

Key challenges

  • Water management (SDG 6)
  • Stormwater and rainfall management and storage
  • Green space, habitats and biodiversity (SDG 15)
  • Green space creation and/or management
  • Regeneration, land-use and urban development
  • Regulation of built environment
  • Inclusive and effective governance (SDG 16)
  • Inclusive governance
  • Social justice, cohesion and equity (SDG 10)
  • Social justice and equity
  • Social interaction
  • Health and well-being (SDG 3)
  • Enabling physical activity
  • Creation of opportunities for relaxation and recreation
  • Cultural heritage and cultural diversity
  • Preservation of natural heritage
  • Protection of historic and cultural landscape/infrastructure
  • Preservation of historic traditions


Creation of new green areas

Project objectives

Transform a road space for greater pedestrian use (Ref. 4) The recovery of this unique enclave as a meeting place. (Ref. 4) Promote architectural and cultural values of the city. (Ref. 4)

Implementation activities

Phase 1: north section, phase 2: central spine and pedestrian zone, phase 3: south section (ref 4,5) The sidewalks will be restructured to ensure universal accessibility and prioritize pedestrian access and mobility. (ref 4) Public transport will continue to be prioritized, so the central lanes on the road will be dedicated to public transport (3 lanes) and 2 lanes will be for private cars. (ref 4,5) The north pedestrian area will now have access to the Malaga metro (ref 4) The central island between traffic (7 meters wide) along the length of the road will be a space for leisure and bicycle lanes. (ref 2) In round areas Photocatalytic percolated concrete, which Resistance decontaminating properties; While the pedestrian zones will be paved with prefabricated elements (ref 2) Installation of certain areas with draining pavements that will allow the regeneration of aquifers and provide for the care taking of the facilites. (ref 4) The new Alameda will also enhance its plant heritage, made up of its characteristic ficus vault. (ref 4) Generation of an area to protect plant elements, and trees should be able to grow without interference from furniture elements (ref 9) The City Council will provide references to all the protected buildings, since 78 percent of the buildings that are located in the Alameda have historical heritage value and have some type of protection. In addition, the traces of the old San Lorenzo Fort will be marked on the pavement and reference will be made to the figure of Miguel de Cervantes. (ref 4) Participatory process to collect ideas for the Alameda with 'neighbors, merchants in the area and inhabitants of the city of Malaga' (ref 10)

Main beneficiaries

  • Local government/Municipality
  • Citizens or community groups


Management set-up

  • Government-led

Type of initiating organisation

  • Local government/municipality

Participatory approaches/ community involvement

  • Co-planning
  • Consultation (e.g. workshop, surveys)

Details on the roles of the organisations involved in the project

Local government of Malaga: Coordination of the project (Ref 3,10) Municipal Management of Urbanism, Works and Infrastructures (within the local government): Implementation of project (ref 3,7,10) Junta de Andalucia (regional government): assuming redevelopment of northern section of project (ref 4,7) Arrabal-AID Association (social, non-profit organization): project support (ref 3,10) Verosa company (construction company): contractor for renewing existing sanitation infrastructures in the subsoil (ref 7) Acciona (infrastructure company), Sando (construction company): laying of the flooring (ref 14)

Project implemented in response to ...

... an EU policy or strategy? Unknown
... a national policy or strategy? Unknown
... a local policy or strategy? Yes (The restructuring of the Alameda is connected to the Metro expansion plan in the city of Malaga, which will connect this main pedestrian center to the city's metro system. (ref 3))


Total cost

More than €4,000,000

Source(s) of funding

  • Public regional budget
  • Public local authority budget

Type of funding

  • Earmarked public budget

Non-financial contribution


Impacts and Monitoring

Environmental impacts

  • Water management and blue areas
  • Improved stormwater management
  • Green space and habitat
  • Increased green space area
  • Increased spread of native/heirloom/open-pollinated seed

Economic impacts

  • Unknown

Socio-cultural impacts

  • Social justice and cohesion
  • Improved social cohesion
  • Improved access to urban green space
  • Increased opportunities for social interaction
  • Increased involvement of locals in the management of green spaces
  • Cultural heritage and sense of place
  • Protection of natural heritage
  • Protection of historic and cultural landscape / infrastructure
  • Increased sense of place identity, memory and belonging
  • Increased awareness of flora and fauna as culturally and historically meaningful

Type of reported impacts

Expected impacts, Achieved impacts

Presence of formal monitoring system


Presence of indicators used in reporting

No evidence in public records

Presence of monitoring/ evaluation reports

No evidence in public records

Availability of a web-based monitoring tool

No evidence in public records


Source: Ref. 8
Source: Ref. 8
Source: Ref. 12, JAVIER ALBIÑANA
Source: Ref. 12, JAVIER ALBIÑANA