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Pets can be let on to a designated zone of El Pinillo beach from now on
Pets can be let on to a designated zone of El Pinillo beach from now on / .Josele-Lanza

Four-legged friends hit Marbella beaches for the summer

  • Dogs have been getting their paws wet since the Junta approved plans for 250-metre-long dog-friendly zones on El Pinillo and Ventura del Mar beaches for the high season

This summer sees the introduction of two designated dog-friendly zones on El Pinillo and Ventura del Mar beaches, after the Junta de Andalucía gave the green light to Marbella’s 2017 Beach Plan in early June.

An area around 250 metres long on both the beaches, to the east of the town and in Nueva Andalucía respectively, where dog owners are allowed to bring their pets without any time restrictions, have been approved.

Since then, it has proved popular with dog owners, especially given the recent high temperatures, who have been flocking to get their pets' paws wet.

Miguel Díaz, Marbella’s councillor for Sustainability said that the Junta has approved the move after a growing demand over recent years.

The chosen areas are deemed the most appropriate for dogs because they are less ideal for swimming in the sea and are therefore used less by other beachgoers. Díaz also emphasised that the dog-friendly areas will not interfere with other areas of the beach.

Owners must be in full control of their dog at all times, carry proof of their dog’s vaccinations, respect other beach users and clean up any dog mess.

This is the first time dog owners will be able to take their dogs to the beach in Marbella throughout the summer. In 2014 dogs were allowed on a 300-metre-long area of San Pedro beach, but only from October and May.

The introduction of the new dog-friendly zones is one of a series of developments under Marbella’s 2017 Beach Plan.

Other changes include the setting out of rules for temporary beach facilities, such as kiosks, sunbeds and massage huts, and the adaptation of parts of La Bajadilla and El Rodeo beaches, to make them more suitable for the elderly and the disabled,

San Pedro and La Bajadilla beaches will also see the opening of two 100 metre-square beach libraries as a result of the new plans.