SUNBATHING TOURISTS are on the verge of war as they fight for their piece of space on the famously packed beaches of Benidorm.
Most Benidorm hotel and apartment visitors are familiar with the daily summer battle of the sun loungers, where every day guests line up in a rush to lay their towel on a poolside bed, before anyone else can claim one.
Everyone blamed the Germans, but it appears the Spanish have taken the battle to the beach and are proving equally as adept at claiming their own piece of Benidorm beachfront paradise.
Every morning at sunrise an army of eager sun worshipers erect their own chairs directly on the edge of the water, before returning to their accommodation for a leisurely breakfast.
Those who prefer a holiday lie-in, arriving on the beach a little later are met by a sea of often empty loungers and chairs awaiting their owners, causing arguments and even fisticuffs.
Whilst in other coastal towns on the Costa Blanca, such as Gandía or Torrevieja the occupation of unused space on the beaches is punished with fines ranging from 150 to 750 euros, in Benidorm there is no law against the controversial practice, which causes growing tensions as the summer progresses.
Last year, a local environmental group, Compromis – Los Verdes, called for a study to make a ruling on the situation, but as yet, nothing has materialized, leaving them calling for an explanation from the Benidorm town hall.
Therefore, for the remainder of the Benidorm summer, anyone wanting a spot by the water should set their alarm for daybreak.