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.
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.