Beach resort to impose fines on tourists for wearing bikini
TOURISTS who fail to cover up their bikinis or bare chests on the streets of a popular Spanish seaside resort could be fined €300.
The resort of Salou on the Costa Dorada, south of Barcelona, has become the first place in Spain to ban shirtless and bikini-clad tourists in an attempt to clean up its reputation, which has been badly damaged after the town became a haven for drunken British students.
In a set of by-laws passed by the town council, those who flout the ban could be fined between €100 and €300.
Anybody caught drinking alcohol on the streets or having sexual intercourse on the beach could also be prosecuted and beachwear will be banned from all bars and restaurants except those on the beachfront.
"We want to ensure that Salou has a good image," said Pere Granados, the mayor.
Earlier this year, locals complained about the drunken behaviour of British students who flocked to the resort for the Easter holidays.
More than 5,000 British students aged between 18 and 23 crowded into the town to attend 'Saloufest', an annual party organised by university sports clubs.
Residents of Salou complained of "streets running with vomit" after scantily clad students spent their nights binge drinking and indulging in "anti-social behaviour". (© Daily Telegraph, London)