British tourists will be fined £645 for going to the toilet in Spanish sea under new rules
British tourists will be fined £645 under new rules for going to the toilet in the Spanish sea
- Spain has said it will fine hundreds of people for urinating in the sea
- Beachgoers caught playing bat and ball or trying to reserve a spot on the beach with a towel will also be fined, as will litter or people barbecuing
- Brits who wear bikinis will also be fined for the beach without clothes on
Britons face fines worth hundreds of pounds if caught urinating in the sea off Spain’s coast.
Lawmakers in Vigo, a town in the region of Galicia, said anyone who relieves themselves “in the sea or on the beach” will be forced to pay £645.
The city council has labeled public urination as a “minor violation” and “a violation of hygiene and sanitation regulations.”
City officials plan to install public toilets on the beaches during peak seasons to accommodate any beachgoers who rush to the toilet.
But the city council said it could go further than fine people for urinating in the sea.
Lawmakers in Vigo, a town in the region of Galicia, said anyone who relieves themselves ‘in the sea or on the beach’ will be forced to pay £640
A sign with no peeing has been photographed. Britons risk fines worth hundreds of pounds if caught urinating in the sea off Spanish coast – file image
The measures came immediately after Spain said that bikini wear should be careful on their next visit to the beach, as authorities would impose fines on anyone inappropriately dressed on the street.
But it’s not just Brits wearing bikinis who risk being fined if they forget to cover up before leaving the sand. Men who are seen without a top also fall under the new rules.
Spain is also tackling litter and fines anyone who leaves trash behind or takes a gas bottle or barbecue to the beach. The use of soap in the sea is also prohibited.
Beachgoers caught playing bat and ball or trying to reserve a spot on the beach with a towel will also be fined under the statutes that came into effect on July 18.
Following on from the new rules, Mallorca and Ibiza announced earlier this year that holidaymakers will be limited to just six drinks a day during their all-inclusive holidays.
The number of drinks during his all-inclusive vacation was limited to six – three at lunch and three at dinner.
The Balearic Islands government banned the sale of alcohol in shops between 9.30pm and 8am in January, as well as pub crawls, two-for-one drinks and happy hours in certain spots in Magaluf, El Arenal and Playa de Palma in Mallorca and Sant Antoni de Portmany in Ibiza.
Local authorities in Spain introduced a ban on alcohol prohibition in January this year, affecting certain Balearic resorts including Palma, Ibiza and Magaluf (tourists enjoy the sunset on Escondida beach)
The new law, which affects some hotels in the Balearic Islands, means holidaymakers will be forced to pay extra if they want more than three free alcoholic drinks per meal.
The Spanish tourist industry is trying to lose its reputation as the party capital of Europe, attracting a disproportionate number of Brits.
The Costa del Sol announced in May that it will crack down on ‘outrageous’ bachelor parties and said it is considering installing noise monitors in tourist apartments.
Malaga is leading the way after hoteliers and locals said they were fed up with the ‘Magaluf-style drunken tourism’ in the historic city.
They were especially outraged at the large groups of men and women who dress up in “outrageous costumes” with phallic symbols and take over high-class restaurants for their celebrations.
The number of hen and stag parties has skyrocketed in recent months following the easing of coronavirus restrictions and the revival of tourism.
The occurrence of binge drinking in the Balearic Islands in Spain explained
WHAT ARE THE NEW RULES?
The Balearic Islands have introduced new laws limiting the number of free drinks on all-inclusive meals, and several restrictions on the purchase of alcohol.
By law, people on all-inclusive meals are only allowed to drink six drinks a day: three with lunch and three with dinner.
It also prohibits:
- Happy hours;
- pub crawls;
- Two-for-one drink offers;
- Sale of alcohol in shops between 9:30 PM and 8:00 AM;
- Advertise party boats in designated areas.
WHERE DO THE NEW RULES APPLY?
The new restrictions will apply to Magaluf, El Arenal and Playa de Palma in Mallorca and Sant Antoni de Portmany in Ibiza, after initial fears it would cover the entire islands.
WHY WERE THE NEW RULES BROUGHT IN AGAIN?
The laws were touted as the first in Europe to restrict the promotion and sale of alcohol in tourist areas.
They also want to put a stop to the ‘cheaper’ of the Balearics and attract new investors who were put off by the noisy image.
Council leaders have fought to clean up the image of resorts like Magaluf since a scandal rocked it in 2014 when a British holidaymaker was filmed performing sexual acts on 24 men.
The incident prompted Majorca’s then-top politician Jose Ramon Bauza to label Magaluf’s infamous Punta Ballena party strip as ‘500m infamy’.
In 2018, city leaders led the fight against misbehaving tourists in Magaluf by putting up street signs warning them of hefty fines for drinking on the street, nudity and fighting.
The brightly colored signs with the banner ‘Have fun with respect’ were affixed to lampposts and other visible places in the party resort.
Thousands of British tourists flock to the islands every year, including large groups of revelers who have earned them an infamous reputation.
Most of the new restrictions will come into effect in 2020, but Covid means many Brits are only now becoming aware of them.