Sex On The Beach In Spain?
- Víctormanuel Paz
Fines And Penalties On Spanish Beaches Expat Tips Published: 01 June 2020 15:35 CET Updated: 22 June 2022 15:35 CET Whether you live here in Spain full-time or are on your holidays, there is a very good chance that you will want to visit many of the beautiful beaches that we have on offer. The wonderful year-round weather here means that beach usage is not restricted only to the summer months; many of us get to use the beach out of season also. But did you know that there are many things that you cannot do on the beach by law and if you are caught, you could face a hefty fine of up to €3,000 ? This especially applies during the current COVID-19 measures.
- (See further below) That’s right, even things that may appear to be innocuous and totally innocent could put you on the wrong side of the local police and leave you seriously ” out of pocket “;
- It’s important to understand that the beaches in Spain are maintained by the individual municipalities, which means that they can regulate the use of the beaches and form their own bylaws, which run alongside the main coastal law in Spain, Ley de Costas 22/1988;
Regional authorities recently produced a list of some of the things in certain localities, which done at the wrong time and place could land you with a big fine. Below are some examples of local laws that are currently in place up and down the country. Washing with soap and shampoo at beach showers is illegal at all Spanish beaches.
- In certain regions such as Malaga, Benidorm and Valencia this also applies to washing with soap in the sea;
- The fine for this would be somewhere in the region of €750;
- For those who like to drink to excess and then sleep it off on the beach, think again;
In many regions, spending the night sleeping on the beach or camping on the beach is completely forbidden and in areas such as Valencia could result in a fine of up to €1,500. Nudism is a popular pastime for many, but do this on the majority of non-nudist beaches and you may end up with a fine of up to €750.
- If you head East to Chipiona, Cadiz and decide to spend some time on the beach you will want to pay extra attention as several things could end in a fine of up to €300;
- These include throwing cigarette butts , leaving sunflower and other nut shells and litter on the beach and also the use of loud sound equipment and musical instruments;
More serious offences can result in fines of up to €900. On certain beaches playing with a bat and ball and other sporting equipment is only permissible in designated areas. While in Malaga it is only acceptable if done at a distance of six metres or more from other beach-goers.
- Don’t forget your tape measure! Barbecuing on the beach is another grey area;
- In most cases, police authorisation must be sought before lighting up;
- In some areas such as Salobrena , fines of up to €3,000 can be imposed for those who do not follow the rules;
Ouch! For those who smoke or wish to have an alcoholic beverage on the beach, you should also take note. Some local councils only allow smoking and the consumption of alcohol in certain designated areas. Cigarette smoke and butts can be a real menace for non-smokers and children building sandcastles.
- Cigarette butts contain thousands of toxic substances and contain plastics making them harmful to our environment and marine life;
- Several regions in the country have already adopted the measures creating smoke-free beaches and zones including Galicia, Murcia, Catalonia, Andalusia, Asturias, the Canary Islands and the Balearics with other regions of the country soon to follow suit;
And as for sex on the beach (not the cocktail), this is also illegal! In Benidorm and no doubt other regions, there are time restrictions , which means you are not allowed to swim in the sea or use the beach between 11 pm and 7 am. This is generally imposed for safety reasons and to allow for the cleanup of the beach.
The city council of Vigo , in Galicia also warned holidaymakers (and locals) that urinating in the sea will also now be considered an infringement of hygiene and sanitary regulations. Anyone caught doing it can now be fined up to €750.
Many of us like to take our dogs for some exercise on the beach and although this is fine in several areas, there are still a large number of beaches where this is not permitted. Some beaches allow domestic animals on the beach only at certain times for example before 8 am and after 9 pm.
- Note that guide dogs are permitted on all Spanish beaches;
- This is just an example of some of the restrictions that may be in place on a beach you regularly frequent or are planning on visiting while holidaying here;
Many beaches will have their rules and regulations indicated along the beach, but if in any doubt, check with your local council first. Rules and Regulations During Lifting of COVID-19 Lockdown As the COVID-19 lockdown is slowly lifted and we all learn to live with the ‘ new normal ‘, Spain’s coastal towns have started to introduce new rules on responsible beach usage during this time.
- With the country’s tourism industry currently on hold, the rules and regulations will apply to locals only, however, from July, the rules will also apply to tourists visiting the country;
- Below covers many of the possible regulations you may encounter, and with fines of between €200 and €3,000, it is well worth adhering to them otherwise a trip to the beach could potentially be very expensive;
The different regions of the country may have slightly different rules, so make sure you pay attention to any informational signs at the beach you are visiting. It’s unclear at this time how long the measures will last, but it’s expected that they will last at least until the State of Alarm has been fully lifted.
- Stay home if you have any COVID-19 symptoms
- Keep 2. 5 metres apart – All beachgoers must maintain social distancing and keep 2. 5 metres between themselves and others.
- Towels and parasols – Towels and parasols must be kept 2. 5 metres away from other beachgoers. They must also be placed at least six metres from the sea to allow people to walk along the beach, maintaining a two-metre distance.
- Maximum of two parasols allowed per family.
- Personal hygiene – This must be adopted at all times. Beachgoers should shower before and after going to the beach and make sure all personal belongings are also clean. Make sure your hands are clean and avoid touching your eyes and mouth.
- The correct footwear must be worn when using communal facilities such as toilets.
- Group Sports – Popular beach sports such as volleyball, football and beach tennis are not permitted. Use of lilo’s and other water toys are also banned.
- Under 14’s – Must be accompanied by an adult at all times.
- Swimming may be restricted in certain areas.
- Fishing is prohibited from both the beach and from boats in swimming areas.
- Nude bathing is not allowed under the new regulations.
- Beach users are advised to spend a maximum of four hours on the beach either in the morning or afternoon to avoid overcrowding.
- Make sure you bag up your rubbish and dispose of it in one of the beach or public bins.
- No animals will be permitted on the beach.
- BBQs and gatherings are not allowed.
- No smoking on the beach.
- The selling of goods on the beach is prohibited.
- Lifeguards and beach patrol personnel must be obeyed at all times.
- Bars and chiringuitos will be closed until the end of June.
- Sorry kids no sandcastles are allowed.
The new regulations are there to protect all of us and prevent the further spread of COVID-19. If you are going to the beach, make sure you have a great time, stay safe and be aware of any regulations so you can avoid being hit with a large fine. Have you been fined on a Spanish beach? If so, please join our community on Facebook and share your experience.
Can you have sex on a beach in Spain?
Spanish authorities deem sex on the beach a no-no. Spain has finally followed suit and succumbed to strict EU regulations – 08-10-2009 Thousands of tourists flock to the Spanish costas each year and, while they can rest-assured that temperatures will soar, they can no longer be guaranteed the laid-back beach lifestyle they long for. Spain has finally followed suit and succumbed to strict EU regulations in an attempt to ban unacceptable behaviour and attract a higher calibre of tourist to its beaches. Banned beach activity now includes listening to music without headphones, barbecuing without the police’s authority and, notably, not being allowed to have sex on the beach.
Benidorm has perhaps taken the new regulations most seriously by introducing a 750 euro fine for anyone caught “in the act” on one of their many beaches. Amazingly, this penalty will also apply to anyone simply found walking or sitting on a Benidorm beach between the hours of midnight at 7am! Alicante is also paving the way with a new rule which enforces a 750 to 1500 euro fine to anyone on the beach spotted removing their swimming costume.
The controversial new laws have been met with anger by some Spanish communities who have contested the regulations by spraying graffiti which reads “Sex on the Beach” in English across buildings. Users of Spain’s many nudist beaches and colonies are also said to be outraged by the confining new rules. No comments were found for this article! Add comment
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Are you allowed sex on the beach?
It’s Probably Illegal – Unless you’re on your own private beach, it’s illegal to have sex in public. And yes, it’s still public if you’re doing it at night. So if you’re going to do it on the beach, find a place that’s remote or hidden behind some dunes if you don’t want to be interrupted by the cops or, even worse, end up in jail.
Can you have sex in Spain?
What is the Spain Age of Consent? – The Age of Consent in Spain is 16 years old. The age of consent is the minimum age at which an individual is considered legally old enough to consent to participation in sexual activity. Individuals aged 15 or younger in Spain are not legally able to consent to sexual activity, and such activity may result in prosecution for statutory rape or the equivalent local law. These territories are listed in the following table:
|Territory of Spain||Region||Age Of Consent|
|Plazas de Soberania||Africa||16|
Spain does not have a close-in-age exemption. Close in age exemptions, commonly known as “Romeo and Juliet laws” in the United States , are put in place to prevent the prosecution of individuals who engage in consensual sexual activity when both participants are significantly close in age to each other, and one or both partners are below the age of consent.
- Spain statutory rape law is violated when an individual has consensual sexual contact with a person under age 16;
- Spain has four territories that have their own local age of consent laws;
- Because there is no close-in-age exemption in Spain, it is possible for two individuals both under the age of 16 who willingly engage in intercourse to both be prosecuted for statutory rape, although this is rare;
Similarly, no protections are reserved for sexual relations in which one participant is a 15 year old and the second is a 16 or 17 year old.
Do people have sex in Maspalomas dunes?
Even the dunes’ ‘exclusion zone’ — which is completely off-limits to the public, where other areas are restricted — was found to have 56 sex spots. As a result of the tourists’ activities, there has been a ‘complete abandonment’ of environmental education in the reserve, according to the study.
How often do Spaniards have sex?
Life expectancy is longer in Spain than it is in the United Kingdom. This is something that has been pointed out by a number of studies, the latest being from the University of Washington’s Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, published recently in The Lancet medical journal.
It predicted that by 2040 Spaniards would have the longest life expectancy in the world, and will live on average until they were 85. 8 – compared with 83. 3, which is the age Brits would be able to look forward to, putting them 23rd on a list of 195 countries.
More than twice as many Spaniards smoke than British people For the British, who equate Spain with sun and sangria, this is hard to comprehend. ” How can the Spaniards live so long when they drink and smoke ?” mused a recent article in the British newspaper The Times.
- Well, it is true that the Spanish drink but according to data from the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OCDE), our intake has fallen from the 17;
- 5 liters of pure alcohol per head that was guzzled in 1980 to 8;
6 liters per head in 2016. The same source shows that in Britain, alcohol consumption has gone from 10. 8 liters in 1980 to 9. 5 liters in 2016. And yes, we also smoke. In fact, more than twice as many Spaniards smoke than British people. Here, we burn 1,533. 5 grams of tobacco per head while, in Britain, the quantity is just 643.
9 grams per person. So what is it that we are doing right? Apart from eating paella as well as vegetables, pulses and fish, The Times suggests it is key lifestyle choices that are helping us keep the grim reaper at bay for a little longer than most.
These are habits, says the newspaper, that everyone should adopt. The walk. The Times points out that in Spanish “the walk” or ” el paseo ” is so important it has been awarded noun status. Apparently, we go to the gym less but 76% of us walk at least four days a week for 10 minutes or more, according to the 2014 Eurobarometer. An example of what passes for the WIKIMEDIA. COM 2. Mediterranean diet. This is shown to lengthen life expectancy and protect us from the effects of pollution. If there is one thing us Spaniards do right, it’s eating fish, fruit and fresh vegetables, nuts, pulses and olive oil. According to The Times , we should also keep drinking red wine, although, as we have already pointed out in the BuenaVida section of this newspaper, a glass of red wine a day is only beneficial to men over the age of 45 and women over 55, as it helps in these age groups to reduce the risk of heart disease.
- Even better, 37% of us walk or ride bicycles to work;
- According to Helen Bond, a spokeswoman for the British Dietetic Association, our consumption of red meat and salt is relatively high but only 20% of Spaniards buy processed foods while the British eat more processed food than anywhere else in Europe;
Siestas. We’ve been cutting down on the time we take for lunch and an afternoon nap for years now. According to a study by Simple Logic, only 18% of Spaniards still take a siesta after their midday meal. But perhaps we should rethink this. Just 26 minutes of shut-eye is recommended by the Spanish Society of Doctors for Primary Health as it improves memory, mood and keeps your heart healthy.
- But you have to do it regularly to reap the rewards and keep it short and sweet;
- A longer working day, punctuated by breaks;
- In Spain we work an average of 1,687 hours a year, 331 hours more than Germany, 173 more than France, 117 more than Switzerland but only six hours more than the UK;
However, while the working day finishes at 6pm in Britain, many of us in Spain stay until 8pm. It is something that we often spend long hours at work discussing and bemoaning. And though there have been attempts to change it, there are Spaniards who believe a longer but more relaxed workday is better for one’s health , according to The Times.
In fact, a cup of coffee at work increases productivity as the ‘ fika ‘ (the Swedish coffee break) has shown in Sweden, where incidentally the people work 78 fewer hours than us a year. According to a survey of 15,000 women from all over the world, Spanish men make the best lovers 5.
We have more (and better) sex. Just because we get home later, doesn’t mean we are too tired for sex. According to onePoll. com, which interviewed 15,000 women from all over the world, Spanish men make the best lovers. Spanish women, meanwhile, have sex on average 2.
- 1 times a week, according to a study carried out by Gedeon Richter while British women have sex 1;
- 7 times a week;
- The Spanish may be later starters –19 as opposed to 18 – but once they get going, they manage to make it one of the pillars of their routine;
As we have already said in BuenaVida, sex reduces the risk of brain and heart disease as well as type 2 diabetes, while refraining from sex could bring these conditions on. Our vocabulary is more upbeat. A study published by the National Academy of Sciences by Professor Peter Dodds from the University of Vermont, analyzed 100,000 words from the 10 most spoken languages in the world and concluded that Spanish uses more positive words such as “love” and “laughter,” which boosts people’s moods, more than negative words like “sad” and “crying.
” The study, however, did not differentiate the Spanish spoken in Spain with the Spanish spoken in other countries. Tapas in the evening. We know the international community is somewhat befuddled over the difference between tapa, ración and pincho and it is often not fully understood that tapear could well involve far greater quantities of alcohol than food (though there is “the walk” from bar to bar).
The Times seems to believe that after eating a far bigger lunch than is common in the UK, our dinner consists of tapas, which they describe as small plates of food. We know, however, that this is not always the case, though there is a saying in Spanish that roughly translates as “big dinners fill graves.
How do you have sex on the beach at night?
Come Prepared – You’ll need a couple of items to do this right. The most important is a big blanket, which you can use to protect yourselves from sand and to cover up quickly if someone walks by. The bigger the blanket the better. Blankets can be a smarter choice than towels, as towels always seem to let sand through, and you’re more likely to have a large blanket lying around than a large towel.
- Another good item is a big sun-blocking umbrella , which can be used to shield your bodies from the eyes of passersby;
- A beach chair with a seat that is a few inches off the sand will give you a few more options for positions;
If you really want privacy, look into a portable shade structure. Bring a packet of tissues for clean-up afterwards. If you use condoms, bring a small plastic bag for condom disposal (if you leave used condoms at the beach you deserve to forever have your genitals infested with sand fleas).
What is the age for sex in Spain?
The minimum age for sexual relations was also raised on Thursday, from 13 to 16, after international bodies including the United Nations and the European Council pressed for a change. Photograph: Getty Images Spain has raised the minimum age for marriage and sexual relations to 16 from 14 and 13 respectively, bringing the country into line with much of Europe after protests from child protection groups. Spanish law until now had allowed 14-year-olds to marry with permission from a judge.
The government said two years ago it would change the law with the aim of protecting children from forced marriage and exploitation, and the legislation came into effect on Thursday. Very few children under 16 have married in Spain in recent years – just five last year and two in 2013, according to official statistics.
In fact, a brutal recession that led to one of the highest youth unemployment rates in Europe means young people are staying at home for longer and marrying later. The average age for tying the knot stands at 37 for men and 34 for women, statistics show.
The minimum age for sexual relations was also raised on Thursday, from 13 to 16, after international bodies including the United Nations and the European Council pressed for a change. Spain now has the age of consent as France, Britain, and the Netherlands, and higher than Germany and Italy where it is 14.
What happens in the dunes in Maspalomas?
How the Maspalomas dunes were formed – The Atlantic Ocean, along with the wind blowing on this coast, is responsible for the formation of the Maspalomas Dunes. The sand was washed up from the bottom of the ocean during the last ice age when the water retreated and the sand was left exposed.
Over a long period of time, the winds blowing here carried the golden sand towards the shore and this is how the dunes were born. Even today the dunes are still moving constantly from east to west, at a rate of 2 to 5 meters per year.
The wind coming from the ocean blows the sand towards the shrubs, which in Spanish are called El Balancón (traganum moquinii). This is a bush specific to the Canary Islands, which appears especially around sandy areas like the beaches and the dunes. Besides being found around the sand dunes of Maspalomas, this bush can also commonly be found in Fuerteventura, in the sand dunes in Corralejo National Park.
Where in the world are sand dunes?
Read a brief summary of this topic – sand dune , any accumulation of sand grains shaped into a mound or ridge by the wind under the influence of gravity. Sand dunes are comparable to other forms that appear when a fluid moves over a loose bed, such as subaqueous “dunes” on the beds of rivers and tidal estuaries and sand waves on the continental shelves beneath shallow seas.
- Dunes are found wherever loose sand is windblown: in deserts, on beaches, and even on some eroded and abandoned farm fields in semiarid regions, such as northwest India and parts of the southwestern United States;
Images of Mars returned by the U. Mariner 9 and Viking spacecrafts have shown that dunes are widely distributed on that planet both in craters and in a sand sea surrounding the north polar ice cap. True dunes must be distinguished from dunes formed in conjunction with vegetation.
The latter cover relatively small areas on quiet humid coastlands and also occur on the semiarid margins of deserts. True dunes cover much more extensive areas—up to several hundred square kilometres—primarily in great sand seas ( ergs ), some of which are as big as France or Texas.
They also occur, however, as small isolated dunes on hard desert surfaces, covering an area of as little as 10 square metres (107 square feet). Areas of gently undulating sandy surfaces with low relief are classified as sand sheets. They commonly have a nearly flat or rippled surface of coarse sand grains and are only a few centimetres to metres thick.
- Minor sand sheets cover only a few square kilometres around the margins of dune fields;
- A few, such as the Selima Sand Sheet in southwestern Egypt and the northwestern Sudan, are probably almost as extensive as some of the great sand seas;
During the past two million years or so the conditions of very low rainfall under which true dunes form expanded beyond the margins of the Sahara and other present-day arid regions into areas that are now more humid. The best evidence for these changes is the presence of sand seas that are immobilized by vegetation.