SUNBATHING and swimming are vetoed until June 6 under Spain’s State of Alarm de-escalation measures. Nevertheless, Motril and Almuñecar are allowing access to their beaches for surfing and other ‘similar individual’ sports which can be practised between 6am and 10am and from 8pm until 11pm.
This timetable must be adhered to as both towns have populations of more than 5,000 but does not apply to Torrenueva Costa, which split from Motril in 2018. Municipal sources in Almuñecar confirmed to the Spanish media that surfing and individual kayaking are allowed off its beaches, but swimmers will still have to wait. Individual water sports are limited to beaches that are open to the public, and this does not include all Axarquia beaches.
Some, like Salobreña’s, remain closed after local mayor Marcia Eugenia Rufino decided to not to reopen.