JUST three days before they are due to take place, Torrevieja’s Councillor with responsibility for the municipality’s beaches, Javier Manzanares, has reportedly announced that the council has decided not to allow any bonfires on the beaches during the popular Hogueras fiestas.
The decision has been taken to safeguard the areas before the arrival of the influx of tourists. The councillor said that the beaches are left “in a sorry state” each year that sees thousands of screws and nails left in the sand from pallets and other wooden items used in the bonfires.
Extra police will be on duty to monitor anyone who attempts to build bonfires, and any materials will be confiscated.
It has become a tradition for a number of municipalities in the Alicante Province to celebrate the San Juan fiestas in June that include families and friends having parties, building small bonfires on the beaches, which they then jump over at midnight.