Brits warned about new beach rule in Spain that could land you with £2.4k fine

With holiday bookings rapidly creeping back up towards pre-pandemic levels as Covid restrictions ease, 2022 is gearing up to be the summer of travel. Brits are already back booking flights to some of their favourite European holiday destinations. Spain will be the top choice for a lot of Brits looking for some certain sunshine.

The tourist hotspot is set to welcome back millions from the UK, according to EasyJet data, which claims more than 30% of Britons are planning a holiday in Spain this year. But if you’re planning to vaya a España, make sure you take note of the country’s new beach rules before setting off with your bucket and spade – or you could risk a hefty fine.

From wearing the wrong attire to your behaviour on the beach, there’s an entire list of scenarios in which you could risk a fine, with the biggest possible beach-related fine reaching as much as €3000, or £2483.59, reports WalesOnline.

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These are the fines you could now be landed with if you don’t abide by local law:

Spain beach fines

Cover up

For those heading to or from the beach, you will have to cover up on most public streets. Men walking around with their shirts off or women wearing only bikinis or swimwear, could be fined €300 (£248.36). These fines have reportedly already been dished out in Barcelona and Mallorca.

Don’t use soap or shampoo

At all Spanish beach showers, it is illegal to wash with soap and shampoo and you can be fined up to €750 (£620.90) if caught doing so. This is because the chemicals in these products are harmful to marine life.

No sleeping

After a long night of drinking, many dangerously wander down to the beach to sleep off the night’s excesses. However, doing so overnight is completely forbidden and in regions such as Valencia, can land you a €1,500 fine (£1241.80). Camping on the beach is also against the law and could result in the same fee having to be paid.

Keep your kit on

Though popular throughout Europe, if you go nude on a non-nudist beach, expect to be hit with a stern dressing down and a fine of up to €750 (£620.90).

No BBQs

A grey area with some destinations, you may need to seek permission to have a barbecue on the beach. But in some areas such as Salobrena, you can be handed a huge €3,000 fine (£2483.59).

No smoking

After a successful pilot scheme last year, the Spanish government is expanding a no-smoking policy across popular beaches in Spain. The smoke-free beaches and zones include locations in Galicia, Murcia, Catalonia, Andalusia, Asturias, the Canary Islands and the Balearic Islands. If you are found smoking at a smoke-less beach, you will be fined €30 (£24.84).

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