Don’t get caught out on the beach this summer


AVOID facing fines of up to €3,000 this summer by knowing your rights when it comes to Malaga Council’s rules on visiting the beach, which have been in place since 2004.

Beach-goers could find the sun-filled day out becomes more expensive than they planned if bathers fish, use shampoo in showers, bring their dog, barbecue or use a stereo.  With fines starting at €300 for minor infractions and reaching thousands for the worst cases, it is important to be aware of the limitations of using these public spaces.

The most serious offences are considered those that risk harming the environment, including littering, starting fires or barbecuing outside of permitted times like the festival of San Juan.

Food vendors also risk high fines, due to the risk posed by eating food exposed to high temperatures.

Lower penalties are saved for those digging in the sand or playing football less than six metres away from other bathers, as this is considered to be a nuisance.

Fishing fans are also out of luck, and are limited from fishing before 10am and after 9pm from 1 June to 30 September, in an effort to prevent accidents.  Other limitations include bans on advertising and camping, where anyone erecting a tent will have to immediately move on if asked by the police.

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