Spain holiday warning as tourists face new fines at the beach this summer

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TOURISTS who smoke on any of Barcelona’s 10 beaches now face fines after a ban on lighting up on the sand was approved at a full council meeting.

The Catalan capital has become Spain’s first large city to outlaw smoking on all its beaches.

The move marks the end of a plan which began last year with a pilot scheme banning smoking on four beaches – Sant Miquel, Somorrostro, Nova Icaria and Nova Marbella.

Sunbathers who flout the new restrictions have been warned they will be fined £25, although council chiefs say they don’t expect to have to sanction people for lighting up.

The ten beaches affected by the new rule cover just over three miles of coastline.

Eloi Badia, a Barcelona councillor, said: “Last year no-one was fined.

“Everyone understood the situation perfectly and only the odd absent-minded smoker had to be asked to move on to the promenade.”

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