Resorts up and down the costas have brought in a series of regulations to ensure good behaviour on holiday. Here is our guide to the rules in different parts of Spain:
Fed up with the pavements being crammed with huge groups of tourists, authorities in Barcelona have put a limit on the numbers in guided tours. In the narrow, inner-city streets of the Mediterranean city, only 15 people can join the tours, while in other areas the number is limited to 30.
Megaphones will also be banned after complaints from residents about noise. Guides will be asked to use audio equipment or to speak quietly. In some of the most popular attractions only three to eight people will be allowed inside. Tours will be only allowed to go one way and they can use a maximum of 24 streets. When the guides want to explain their points, they should find spacious areas so others can pass.
Urinating in the sea
The Galician fishing city of Vigo on the Atlantic coast will fine anyone £645 who urinates in the sea. The offence has been described as “physiological evacuation on the beach or in the sea”. Urinating on the beach has now been classed as a “minor infraction” and “an infringement of hygiene and sanitary regulations”.
Authorities have not specified exactly how the new law will be enforced but added that shampooing or washing with soap in the ocean will also be punishable with fines.
Jokes about police snorkelling to detect offenders have abounded.
Dancing at beach bars
San Juan is celebrated along the Spanish coast in June with people lighting bonfires on the beach, setting off millions of fireworks and having a party. But in parts of Catalonia in northeastern Spain, authorities have banned dancing at some beach bars. In a small number of villages, fireworks have been prohibited amid concerns that could set off fires. Firefighters battled a series of blazes last weekend.
Sick of having to deal with anti-social behaviour among drunken tourists, restaurant owners have banned anyone wearing football shirts in Playa de Palma in Mallorca, a resort which is popular with Germans.
Swimsuits and items bought from street vendors have also been prohibited after businesses drew up a dress code. Shirtless people will also be refused service.
Eleven restaurants have a QR code at their entrance for people to check what they can and cannot wear.
Drinking limits on all-inclusive deals
In an effort to stamp out public drunkenness, tourists on all-inclusive deals have been limited to six drinks a day after the Balearics government brought in new laws this year.
Until now, these all-inclusive holiday packages have meant tourists could drink as much as they like but they have been blamed for causing chaos.
The rules, which apply to Magaluf and Palma on Mallorca and parts of Ibiza, also ban the sale of alcohol between 9.30pm and 8am, pub crawls, two-for-one drinks and happy hours.
Advertising party boats and balcony jumping could attract a fine of up to £50,000.
Lighting a fire or having a barbecue on the beach
These apparently innocent holiday pastimes can land you a fine of €1,500 in San Pedro del Pinatar, a resort in Murcia, south-eastern Spain, which also banned urinating in the sea in 2017.
Miño, another resort in Galicia, bans water sports after 10am in the morning but does allow swimming and sunbathing.
Walking in the street in a bikini or trunks
Barcelona, Malaga and Palma in Mallorca all ban tourists from walking the streets in bikinis (or if they are men in swimming trunks with no shirt on). Failure to comply can land offenders with a €300 fine. The restrictions were brought after tourists were blamed for lowering the tone when they came off the beach to wander around the cities.
Stripping off on the beach had been banned in Cádiz until naturists won a battle in April in the courts against the police. Now all the beaches are far game for the nudists.
Man’s best friends are not allowed on most beaches around Spain in summer – at least after a certain time in the morning. Most dog owners try to sneak on to the sand early in the morning before anyone is around – especially the police.
They have not been banned – yet. But on the Costa Tropical, off the coast of Granada in southern Spain, 1,000 local people have signed a petition to try to prohibit jet skis because, they say, they make such a noise it ruins the tranquillity of the beaches. The environmental association Amigos del Mar (Friends of the Sea, has mounted a long-running campaign to rid the area of the jet skis which have made their weekends “hell”, said activist Anne Zipse. The local council has the final word but has yet to respond.