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Long queues at Nerja beaches as fines come in for 'beach-hoggers'

People queue to get on to Calahonda beach in Nerja last Saturday.
People queue to get on to Calahonda beach in Nerja last Saturday. / SUR
  • A town hall spokesperson said it was "impossible" to control numbers on Burriana beach as there aren't enough lifeguards to patrol the promenade

Would-be beach-goers have had to wait in long queues to access Nerja's most popular beaches, waiting in some cases for over an hour to get a spot during the busiest parts of the summer.

Waits have been especially long at the iconic Calahonda beach, next to the Balcón de Europa, as well as El Salón, Carabeo and Torrecilla as capacity control limitations are applied in order to comply with coronavirus distancing measures.

The father of the Barrera family, who were visiting the area from Barcelona, told SUR, "We don't mind having to wait a few minutes to get onto the beach. It's perfect that they are controlling the numbers."

However, a town hall spokesperson said it was "impossible" to control the capacity of larger beaches like Burriana as there "aren't enough lifeguards to patrol the whole length of the beach."

The queues come after Nerja town hall introduced fines for 'beach-hoggers'; people who reserve space by leaving items such as sunshades and chairs early in the morning.