The dog-friendly area is fenced off with specific safety warnings. :: sur
Fuengirola has introduced a new concept beach for dogs at its border with Mijas, which will soon add a section to make 5,000 square metres of dog-friendly coastline
For dogs like Atila, a five-year-old Golden retriever, there have always been obstacles to a fun day at the beach. However now early morning trips to play and swim are possible in Fuengirola, while largely along the Costa del Sol they are illegal.
A stretch of beach, adjoining Mijas, now provides a 2,000 square metre area specifically devoted to the enjoyment of pets and owners.
“We go with peace of mind with Atila, and we know that we can spend time walking or simply, relaxing, next to the sea, bringing so much happiness,” explained a Marbella local who found out about the project in Fuengirola. Bordering on Mijas the dog-friendly beach is perfectly situated, just metres from the N-340 road and a large parking area.
The project will soon be extended through to Mijas, with the total pet play area eventually covering 5,000 metres.
In terms of making these beaches safe environments several rules have been put in place. The beach may only be used between 10am and 11 pm in summer and 10am and 9pm in winter, muzzles are obligatory for dogs over 20 kg and pet documentation must be carried at all times.
When considering keeping these beaches clean it seems quite a task. However owners are asked to provide their own plastic bags to pick up mess and put it in one of the many bins provided on the beach.
The mayor of Fuengirola, Esperanza Oña, explained that “this measure will not only benefit people with pets, who can now take a dip in the sea with their dog without feeling like a criminal; it also gives the opportunity to reinforce cleaning and health issues.”