500,000 dogs and no beach to bask on

Not a single one of the Costa del Sol’s beaches is licenced for dogs

DOG-LOVERS who wish to take their pooch along for a day of sand and sea are likely to find it tricky this summer, as not a single one of the Costa del Sol’s beaches is licensed for owners to do so.

This is likely to surprise users of the Castillo Sohail strip in Fuengirola, where canines are commonplace and permitted by the local council, with the information even appearing on municipal websites.

However, in reality they do not have the necessary permits, which are issued by the Junta de Andalucia regional government, and the council may now face sanctions. Mijas and Casares previously held such licences, but had them revoked as the condition of the beaches in question was improved, since under Junta law dogs are illegal on any beach where the water is considered suitable for human bathers.

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The conditions are so strict that the Junta only received a single application from Malaga Province for 2016, with permission granted to the Arroyo Totalan beach between Malaga City and Rincon de la Victoria.


  1. Well in England to keep beaches clean for bathers,and hoilday makers,no dogs are allowed between May to september./ You can walk your dog on the promenade,or green areas. Must pick up dog mess.or else if ever caught you will be fined. So i can understand that issue. And yes i do own a dog.

  2. Well, it should be allowed at some places, maybe a bit remote from bathing areas. And NOT cleaning mess should be fined severely. Dogs need to swim and refresh too with hot weather, just as humans do. Now they are left in hot apartments, cars or even put loose in the campo somewhere. Animals have rights too, obviously the Spanish still have to learn.

  3. I have a small 7yr old Fox Terrier that I brought with me from South Africa. I walk her regularly along Mustral Beacj promenade. She loves to swim is well behaved dog and loved the beach. I ensure she does her business before the long walks there but ensuring I carry poop bags everyone seems to have dogs here in Spain and yes I think early mornings and late evenings are great times for them to enjoy the sun sand and beach just like ourselves it’s great to watch them also enjoy themselves Marbella wake up! These are family to owners provide for them too I for one can understand why some people don’t like it to see dog poop for example cause that is the lazy owner yes fine those or provide waste bin/bags along the way my dog loves the pool too and I know wouldn’t be Peeing in it like most children do most places accept dogs in outside areas restaurants shops etc which is great but come on life is life and a dog needs to enjoy it as well I will continue to take my dogs to the beach she is well behaved loves people and just docent understand when there are restrictions I would
    Like to see centres on the weekend that offer dog licences for all
    Dog owners to prove to all we dog owners care about our beaches too an identification card to be with the owner to produce at any time Accountability must be shown at all times.


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