Spanish beaches on the brink of exhaustion as bathers turn away for week three

BEACHES in Spain have been forced to close for the third week in a row due to fears of overcrowding.

Hundreds of thousands of tourists had to queue for hours as police and flight attendants were called to close the entrances to the beach.

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Tourists were forced to queue for hours as Spain’s beaches close due to crowdsCredit: AP: Associated press

Local authorities are struggling to cope with the massive influx of crowds in scorching weather.

Benidorm is opening its reservation system for the main beach early today due to its huge popularity as other councils examine new ways to cope without breaking coronavirus social distancing rules.

Beach counselor Mónica Gómez said: “In response to user demand and to speed up the process, we have decided to bring the booking calendar forward.

“As we underlined when presenting the plan to reopen the beach, Benidorm Beach Safety is a modular project that adapts to the needs and reality of each moment.”

British holidaymakers in Benidorm had to queue for two hours over the weekend trying to enter the beaches.

Spanish authorities have divided the beaches of Poniente and Levante into 5,000 13×13-foot sunbathing spots – with a maximum of four people per space due to the coronavirus outbreak.

According to local media reports, 1,487 spots have been reserved online, leaving just 70 spots available for those wishing to book in person.

Beaches have limited capacity, many being full at noon

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Beaches have limited capacity, many being full at noonCredit: Alamy Live News
Closed signs were installed on the beaches this weekend

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Closed signs were installed on the beaches this weekendCredit: AFP or licensors
Benidorm's queues reached two hours of waiting this weekend

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Benidorm’s queues reached two hours of waiting this weekendCredit: Solarpix

Resorts on the Spanish mainland, as well as the Canary Islands and Balearic Islands, were all hit with the same problem as they just couldn’t take all the people who wanted to flock to the beaches to sunbathe and swim.

In Tenerife, “full beach” signs have been put up in several places and messages have been sent to potential visitors to stay away due to the crowds.

In the capital of Santa Cruz, the main beach of Las Teresitas had to turn people back in their cars because social distancing would not have been guaranteed.

The weather in the Canaries has hit 30s, bringing day trippers in droves.

Two other beaches in the north of the island were also closed, in Las Gaviotas and Igueste de San Andrés, with the police posting on Facebook: “WARNING: Due to the massive influx of vehicles to the beaches and the massif from Anaga.

“The @PoliciaLocalSC will begin controlling access to these locations. It is recommended to give up if you intend to visit the area.”

Some beaches still apply masks, while others recommend social distancing

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Some beaches still apply masks, while others recommend social distancingCredit: EPA
This is the third weekend in a row that the beaches are forced to refuse visitors

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This is the third weekend in a row that the beaches are forced to refuse visitorsCredit: AFP or licensors

Mallorca and Ibiza also faced major problems as more and more families took advantage of the wonderful weather.

Palma City Hall had to close access to Cala Mayor beach after exceeding 90 percent of the recommended capacity.

A host of other beaches and coves also had to push back the world, with warnings relayed on the social network “not to come” and “to find elsewhere”.

The Calvia council, which includes Magaluf, at one point listed six beaches in terms of capacity.

Police said removing people was the only way to keep them safe and prevent the spread of any coronavirus outbreak.

In Ibiza, police were called to evacuate a cove in San Antonio after being told there were too many people on it and there was no social distancing.

About 100 bathers were ordered to leave before it was finally opened with crowd controls.

The beaches of the Costa del Sol were also crowded for the third weekend in a row and many reached their maximum capacity. The bathers were once again turned away so that the safety rules were not violated.

Nerja, Mijad and Benalmadena were the most crowded, in some cases approaching well over 90% of capacity.

The Spanish Councils advise beach goers to check apps and websites to see if their prime spots have room before they go or to find an alternative.


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