Ruff day at the beach

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Pooch beach: dogs enjoying the sand

DOG-LOVERS are flocking to Motril’s Playa del Cable, after the council decided to reopen its animal-friendly beach for another year.

The well-known Playa Can (dog beach), which opened for the first time last year, is one of only ten that are in Andalucia.

The councillors for Tourism and Beaches, Alicia Crespo, and Health and Consumer Affairs, David Martin, explained “an area of ​​more than 1,500 square metres has been set aside for pets, a space that is fully equipped so that dog owners can take them to the beach without any problems.”

Alicia Crespo said the council decided to reinstate the beach this summer after the town’s tourist offices received multiple queries about the unique area.  She added, “one in three pet owners choose their holiday spot depending on whether they can take their animals with them,” explaining, “half of them would not consider travelling without their pets.”

The area, which provides bins for waste and showers for dogs, gives Motril “a competitive advantage over similar sun and beach destinations,” according to Councillor Crespo.

Councillor Martin added Motril “takes into account dog-lovers,” and “is not only a pioneer in being sensitive to their needs but also appears on websites as being one of the best beaches in Spain for dogs.” He confirmed, “we will continue working towards becoming a destination for those who want to travel with their dogs.”

Finally, Martin encouraged those who enjoy taking their pets to the beach to consider coming to Motril and having a splash with their furry friends, “which many people consider a part of their family.”

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