FROM MONDAY July 24 nudism will be prohibited across the beaches of San Pedro del Pinatar, Murcia, with fines from €100 to €750 for offenders.
The Popular Party council of San Pedro del Pinatar has banned, amongst other things, nudism, prohibited cycling, restricted pets and loud music across the town’s six beaches.
The ordinance went ahead without including any of the amendments from the opposition (PSOE, Citizens and IU), who consider the legislation to be too restrictive.
Beach Councillor Silvia Egea explained that the beaches are drawing more tourists to the shores and “are not the isolated paradise they were a few decades ago.”
However, the Spanish Federation of Naturism (FEN) has stated that the ban is “illegal and unconstitutional.” FEN’s president, Ismael Rodrigo, explains that Spanish law “allows nudism in any public space,” not just on the beaches, therefore no council can forbid it.
The European Human Rights Court has stated that it is against the prohibition, explaining that nudism is a part of the freedom of expression.