SPAIN is a popular holiday destination for Brits looking to soak up some sun.
But there are five surprising Spanish laws you could easily break while on holiday – and you could be fined hefty.
We’ve got everything you need to know about the five laws so you don’t accidentally break them while you’re away.
1. Smoking on the beach
In Spain, a new law was passed last year giving local municipalities the power to fine anyone caught smoking on the beach.
Several Spanish tourist hotspots including Barcelona and the Canary IslandsThe ban was already in place, but the federal law is the first of its kind in Europe.
It’s up to each local municipality in Spain to decide whether to enforce the law – so you’ll need to check if smoking is banned on the beach you’re visiting.
If a municipality applies the law, anyone caught smoking on the beach could be fined up to £1,700.
2. Booze Cruises
If you want to let loose and have a few drinks, there are a few that you have to be careful of alcohol laws.
However, due to the pandemic, many partygoers have yet to return since they were introduced. So if you plan on leaving soon, don’t get caught.
Vacationers, on the other hand, stay at all-inclusive hotels MagalufSant Antoni and Playa de Palma are limited to just six drinks a day.
The purchase of alcohol in shops is prohibited between 9:30 p.m. and 8:00 a.m.
Happy hour, pub crawls and two-for-one drink deals have also been banned and fines of up to £50,000 can be slapped on anyone promoting party boats.
3. Wearing a bikini
Spain can reach scorching temperatures and in some seaside resorts it’s not uncommon for holidaymakers to be stripped down to just a bikini or bathing suit.
However, two popular Spanish destinations have strict regulations Rules on where you can wear swimwear – with fines for rule violations.
In Barcelona, people are only allowed to wear bikinis on the beach, and holidaymakers caught wearing a bikini in the city center could face a fine of up to £260.
Likewise, bikinis are restricted to Mallorca’s beaches, with fines of up to £500 for those found flouting the rules.
Balconing refers to people who jump from their hotel balcony into a swimming pool below.
The activity is extremely dangerous and has caused a significant number of deaths, including more than 28 Brits.
In 2018, the Foreign Office teamed up with a Spanish surgeon to run a video campaign warning British tourists about it.
Anyone caught balconing in the Balearic Islands faces fines of between £620 and £1,250.
5. Play beach games
Hitting a racquet and ball is a classic beach activity – but if you play in a popular Spanish destination you could be fined.
It is forbidden to play paddle tennis in the sand during the summer months in Malaga, and breaking the rules can be fined up to £661.
Meanwhile, Britons with plans to visit Spain have been given a holiday boost as Covid restrictions are eased.
The country has Dropped Covid testing and quarantine rules for anyone who has mild symptoms of the virus or is asymptomatic.
The canary islands all Covid restrictions abolished last week, including a cap on the number of people allowed in bars and restaurants.
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