Major warning to Brits as popular Spanish hotspot bans smoking TODAY | The Sun

Major warning to Brits as popular Spanish hotspot bans smoking TODAY | The Sun


BRITS heading to Barcelona face strict new rules when they head to the beach from today.

The Spanish city has introduced a smoking ban on all of its beaches.

Anyone caught breaking the rules face strict fines of up to €30 (£25).

It follows a pilot programme last year, which massively reduced the rubbish caused by cigarettes including fag butts being left on the beach.

The city website states: "This ban is based on environmental protection & the right of citizens to enjoy a clean public space, free of smoke & cigarette butts.”

While Barcelona is one of the first Spanish cities to ban it, there are hundreds of beaches across the country which already prohibit smoking.

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Three beaches in Majorca have now introduced a smoking ban.

Santa Ponsa, La Romana (Paguera) and Carregador (Palmanova) will no longer allow tourists to spark up on the beach.

Anyone caught smoking on the beach can be charged up to £1,700.

A new law was passed in Spain last year that gives local municipalities the power to fine anyone caught smoking on the beach – meaning it could be rolled out across the entire country.

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It's not the only law you can be caught out with while on a Spanish holiday.

Two popular Spanish destinations have strict rules on where you can wear swimwear – with fines for any rulebreakers.

In Barcelona, people can only wear bikinis on the beach, and holidaymakers caught wearing one in the town centre could face a fine of up to £260.

Similarly, bikinis are limited to the beaches in Majorca, with fines of up to £500 for those caught flouting the rules.

Men walking around without tops on in the two areas could also find themselves being fined.

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And the popular holiday resort of Vigo has banned weeing in the sea with fines up to €750 (£640) for anyone caught.

There are other laws you could be inadvertently breaking on holiday in Spain – we've rounded up some of the other ways you could get fined.

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