Quads and drones help enforce Costa del Sol beach bans between 11pm and 7am

A closed-off beach in Malaga.
A closed-off beach in Malaga. / FRANCIS SILVA
  • Mijas and Torrox are the only towns on the coast that have decided to keep their seashores open all night, despite the recommendation of the Junta's Committee of Experts

The increase in the Covid-19 incidence rate throughout Malaga province has forced Costa del Sol towns to consider banning access to their sands at night. The measure has been proposed by the regional government to prevent large gatherings of mainly unvaccinated groups of young people and illegal botellon drinking parties.

From last night (Thursday, 22 July), the main beaches on the coast will remain closed between 11pm and 7am following the recommendations of the Junta de Andalucia’s Committee of Experts that advises the regional government on coronavirus containment measures.

With the exception of Mijas and Torrox, the rest of the towns will ban access to their seashores at night. Rincón de la Victoria has not, yet, made a decision on the matter.

Malaga was the first to announce the restricted access measure. The councillor responsible for the beaches said the only exception to the night-time ban would be to hold open-air cinema screenings, although always respecting health safety measures and with all the public seated. Surveillance will be increased and access to the main entrances will be cut off.

On the western coast, from Torremolinos to Estepona, all the beaches will be closed except in the case of Mijas, where the council says it will not do it, at the moment, because it does not have a problem with botellon drinking parties.

In Marbella, since 8 May, the town hall has ordered the closure of beaches between midnight and 6am. The Local Police has quads and drones that have been used to control groups on the sands since the beginning of the pandemic.

Most of the beaches will also be closed on the eastern Costa del Sol. The town councils in Vélez-Málaga and Nerja have said that they will abide by the recommendations of the Committee of Experts, while in Torrox the town hall has decided to keep them open saying that there are no problems with crowds gathering at night. The town was also one of the few that did not cancel the San Juan festival and allowed its residents to celebrate it on the sands.