British beached by the Spanish

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SPANISH people think the Europeans with the worst beach or poolside etiquette are the British.

Among the Spanish, people in Andalucia have the least manners, followed by those from Madrid and Cataluña respectively.

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This was revealed in a new survey by travel website tripadvisor.es which asked respondents what their pet peeves were in Spain’s beaches or by the poolside.

Rubbish, loud music, not respecting personal space, or playing ball games which inevitably result in one being covered in sand feature on the list.

The fact is more than 61 per cent of people think rules are rarely followed.


Shedding their conservative reputation, almost half (43%) of people in Spain would be in favour of a creating nudist zones in public swimming pool.

And more than three quarters of people say they don’t mind top-less sunbathing in pools or beaches.

Meanwhile, following the ban on smoking in pubs and restaurants which came into effect in January, 52 per cent of people think it should also extended to include the pool and beach.


Sixty per cent dislike the practice of leaving a towel behind to lay claim to a spot.

More than a third would like to see children-free areas in pools, and a quarter in beaches.

But for Harold Geffries, a 40-year-old accountant from Basildon on holiday in the Costa del Sol with his family, it’s the sellers that wind him up. “The never ending line of Africans selling bags and sunglasses, and the Chinese women offering massages really gets on my nerves after a while,” he says. 

Norwegian Beate Jebsen, 59, a part time Estepona resident said: “It is really bad when people do not take a shower before going in the swimming pool, especially if the clothes have been worn. This is because of the bacteria which then go in the water and can cause  infections to the ears, lungs and throat, etc. Children below a certain age should not be allowed in the adult’s pool either.”

Meanwhile, London born Amy Laidlaw, 31, who lives in Mijas Pueblo and works in a Real Estate said: “I don’t really like it when men wearing dark sunglasses seem to  be staring at me; it makes me uncomfortable.”

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