NEARLY 30 Spanish beaches were forced to closed after hordes of sunseekers flocked to the coast on the first weekend in July.
People were stopped from reaching the sand during the busiest times of the day at resorts on the Costa del Sol including Benalmadena on Sunday.
Beaches in Malaga also reduced the number of users to ensure social distancing.
Around 55 beaches in southern Spain’s Andalucian region were closed at some point yesterday according to regional government figures published by respected Malaga-based paper Sur.
Malaga was the province most affected, followed by Cadiz and then Huelva.
The Cadiz beaches sunseekers were turned away from included Zahora beach near the Cape of Trafalgar, which was shut just after 1.30pm, and several small coves in nearby Conil de la Frontera.
Town halls posted the closure information on mobile phone apps or council websites.
Officials in Chipiona, near the US naval base of Rota, posted ‘real time’ information showing two of its beaches had reached maximum or near-maximum capacity – Cruz del Mar and Tres Piedras. The Tres Piedras closure around 3pm coincided with high tide when there was less space available on the sand.
Local reports said beautiful Bolonia beach close to Tarifa and the nearby kitesurfers’ paradise Valdequeros, hit by closures over the previous two weekends, escaped problems this Saturday and Sunday.
The problems are expected to worsen further into July, as more foreign tourists arrive and Spaniards start their annual summer holidays.
The beaches in southern Spain are normally busiest between mid-July and mid-August.
None of the Costa del Sol beaches have opted for pre-booking systems like the one Benidorm on the Costa Blanca is due to start operating when more people are in the resort.