Smoking On The Beach In Spain?

Smoking On The Beach In Spain
Irish tourists have been warned of a new rule on certain beaches in Spain that could see people fined heft sums. Smoking is now illegal on all beaches in Barcelona, with the ban coming into effect since Friday, July 1. This means that anyone caught smoking on any of the city’s beaches will be fined €30.

  • The new law comes after a pilot project last year which saw smoking banned on four of the city’s 10 local beaches;
  • The pilot project saw the amount of cigarettes butts left on the beach greatly reduced, which prompted the new law to be introduced;

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Can you smoke on terraces in Spain?

Apparently by Spanish law smoking is permitted in “terraces” in restaurants. Meaning anyone sitting in an “outdoor” area in cafe, bar or restaurant is allowed legally to smoke. Astonishingly restaurants are not able to enforce a smoking ban on any outdoor areas whether they want it or not.

  1. As 90% of seating in such establishments in the coastal areas are outdoor areas, smoking is effectively permitted everywhere;
  2. Moreover inside areas are linked to the outside areas with large open sides meaning smoke is free to travel everywhere;

This is not so noticeable as most tourists don’t actually smoke, but if you are unlucky enough to get a table of smokers nearby you have no choice but to enjoy the second hand smoke as well. I am writing this as I was having to experience this first hand recently in Spain and there seems to be a general acceptance that smoking is ok in Spain.

Can you smoke on Barcelona beach?

Barcelona is banning smoking on all its beaches following a successful trial in 2021. The ban, which comes into effect on 1 July, is designed to protect the environment and ensure the right of citizens to enjoy a clean, unpolluted space, free of smoke and cigarette butts.

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For now, council workers are asking beach-goers to refrain from smoking. But in just a few months, this suggestion will be replaced with a €30 fine. “I think it’s fair, to keep the beach clean. Also because of the environment.

But being able to control every single person will be extremely difficult” said Antonella Bellotti, an Italian tourist. She suggested keeping a designated smoking area “with trays for ashes and cigarette butts. To keep everything clean. ” The city council says the pilot program last year significantly reduced the number of smokers on the beach and cigarette butts in the sand.

Smokers have left five billion cigarette butts at beaches worldwide every year, which end up in the sea and take decades to decompose. Evelyn Varkonyi, a tourist from Austria, says the ban is necessary “because most people throw cigarettes in the sand.

” “I don’t do it. But I can understand. And it’s not good for nature. ” Barcelona will become the first major city in Spain to ban smoking on beaches. So far, 115 of Spain’s 3,514 beaches have prohibited smoking, but that may change soon. A countrywide law is currently being debated that could turn all of Spain’s beaches into smoke-free areas.

Can you smoke on beach in Ibiza?

Its not legal to smoke ‘Joints’ in Bars or the beaches in Ibiza.

Can you smoke on beach in Tenerife?

Smoking on the beach in the Canary Islands – Almost all the beaches in the Canary Islands are now smoke-free. Even before Covid, there were many beaches in the Canaries that already prohibited smoking but now this rule applies to almost any beach, especially urban beaches.

Can I smoke in public in Barcelona?

No Smoking – Smoking is prohibited in publicly accessible buildings and public transport (including taxis), at work, in train stations, in discotheques, in bars and restaurants, outdoors on the premises of hospitals, health centres, schools and kindergartens.

Can you smoke on beach in Gran Canaria?

There’s been a lot of reports in the press about new rules on Spain’s beaches so here’s a summary of what you can and can’t do on the sand in Gran Canaria. While nudism is technically legal on all beaches in Spain because the Spanish Constitution states clearly that being naked isn’t offensive, local rules apply in Gran Canaria.

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Nudism is allowed on all remote and quiet beaches, but not really tolerated on busy beaches. Here’s a list of the top nudist beaches in Gran Canaria. As there are so many places around the coast where nudism is allowed, the authorities tend to ask naked people to cover up if they are on a crowded beach.

You are legally required to carry photo ID at all times in Spain so the police can ask you to leave the beach if you don’t have it. Going topless is fine on all of Gran Canaria’s beaches. Smoking is allowed on all of Gran Canaria’s beaches. However, the Mogan municipality recently brought in small smoking areas (25% of the area of each beach) on all its main beaches.

These include Playa de Mogán , Anfi , Puerto Rico , Amadores , and Las Marañuelas in Arguineguin. Smoking outside the designated areas on Mogan’s beaches can result in a €450 fine, as can dropping butts on the sand inside the smoking areas.

Nobody is sure if the rules cover e-cigarettes. Unless a beach is closed due to big waves or health and safety reasons, you can swim at all of Gran Canaria’s beaches. However, you aren’t allowed to swim outside of designated swimming areas without a dive buoy.

This is so that boats and jet skis can see you in the water. If you are swimming way offshore or anywhere where there are lots of boats, towing a buoy is always a good idea. You can be fined up to €1500 for swimming when there is a red flag flying at any of Gran Canaria’s main beaches.

Some big Gran Canaria beaches, like Las Canteras, have designated beach sport zones (it’s the north end of Las Canteras). Others have signs up that show you what you are allowed to do. The busy resort beaches tend to ban football, racquet sports, etc. However, unless you are kicking a football around on a busy day and disturbing others, nobody enforces the rules.

  • If someone gets too boisterous, the lifeguard comes over and asks them to calm down;
  • The police only get involved in serious cases;
  • Dogs are only allowed on three Gran Canaria beaches; Playa de Bocabarranco in the north east, and Los Tres Peos and El Cuervito on the east cost beaches in Agüimes;
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Dogs are banned from all other beaches at all times of day. The local authorities have started to crack down on people who take their dogs to quiet beaches such as Playa de Las Mujeres next to Pasito Blanco. If you are on a nudist beach, you can swim naked.

  1. If not, then you’re not supposed to strip off;
  2. However, nobody is going to complain if you do for a discreet late night swim and leaves your shorts on the shore;
  3. Except in Mogan, which has banned night swimming at all its beaches;

If you plan to get carried away after your cheeky swim, remember that sex in public places in Gran Canaria is illegal if you can be seen from a public place or highway; hiding under a sun lounger doesn’t count. Camping is banned on all beaches in Gran Canaria because you are only supposed to camp in designated campsites anywhere on the island.

Some people do camp at remote spots, but there is a small risk that you’ll get moved on or fined. Lighting fires is banned on all beaches in Gran Canaria. Loud music and antisocial behaviour are not specifically banned but the police can use public order rules to fine rowdy people.

Peeing on the beach is, obviously, not allowed. Just swim way out into the sea (really, that’s fine) or find a toilet. Telde has banned glass bottles and food containers from its beaches. You are not allowed to use soap or shampoo at public beach showers because the chemicals in them are harmful to marine life.

  • Local regulations ban fishing within 150 metres of all the beaches in San Bartolomé de Tirajana (from El Pajar to Bahia Feliz);
  • However, it is tolerated at Maspalomas and Playa del Inglés beach once all the sunbathers have gone home;

Fishing is also banned close to most other Gran Canaria beaches as well as inside harbours and marinas. Las Canteras beach in Las Palmas is a reserve and taking anything from the beach, even shells, is banned. If you want to fish anywhere from the shore in Gran Canaria, you are meant to have a local fishing license.