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La Rada in Estepona to become Costa's first official smoke-free beach

La Rada beach in Estepona.
La Rada beach in Estepona. / SUR
  • The designated area will cover around one square kilometre, alongside a water play park and sports pitch

A trip to the beach without the need to dodge others' cigarette smoke will soon be a reality on a central Estepona beach.

The council is making La Rada beach a smoking-free zone, the first of its type on the Costa del Sol.

The designated area will cover around one square kilometre, alongside a water play park and sports pitch. This area has been chosen as it is used mostly by children and people playing sports outdoors.

Estepona's councillor for Beaches, Susana Aragón, said that the aim is to promote a healthy lifestyle to beachgoers. Users won't be fined, but instead alerted to the risks of smoking.

This is the second measure that the town hall has recently taken to combat smoking on the municipality's many beaches. In conjunction with around 15 beach bars, it started its environmental awareness campaign, 'Las orillas sin colillas' (cigarette butts off the beach).

Beach bars and restaurants will give out a free beer or soft drink to everyone who brings a plastic glass full of cigarette ends that they have found along the shoreline.