Speakers are prohibited at this Spanish beach

by Lorraine Williamson
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Effective immediately, speakers are prohibited from the Isuntza beach in Lekeitio, a popular summer destination in the Vizcaya province of northern Spain.  

The new rule, introduced as part of the 2020 regulatory ordinance for the beach, prohibits the use of “megaphones, transistors, turntables or other transmitters when their volume causes inconvenience to people in their immediate vicinity.” Even playing music softly through a speaker is not allowed. Consequently, beachgoers must resort to using headphones or earbuds to listen to their favourite tunes while enjoying the sun. 

Risk of fine if playing music through prohibited speakers

The penalty for violating the ban ranges from €50-€300, depending on whether the offense is considered minor or serious. Visitors should also be aware of other restrictions in the area. These include not being allowed to do the following;

  • set up tents or tables
  • cook on the beach
  • bring chairs or other items that obstruct access or mobility on the wooden walkways leading to the beach

You can bring an umbrella as long as it does not disturb other beachgoers and make sure you anchor it securely. Furthermore authorities prohibit lying or sitting in restricted areas and riding bikes or mopeds on the pathways to the beach. To avoid any inconvenience, it’s best to check the local regulations before heading to the beach in the Biscay province. 

Other possible restrictions on Spanish beaches 

In Spain, apart from the above-mentioned, there are a variety of restrictions in place for beaches in order to ensure the safety and well-being of beachgoers as well as to protect the environment. Some common restrictions include bans on certain types of activities. Some beaches may prohibit fishing or boating to ensure the safety of beachgoers. Others restrict the use of parasols, tents and other equipment in order to prevent overcrowding. Furthermore, many beaches in Spain do not allow dogs or other animals in order to prevent disturbances to other beachgoers. Finally many beaches have strict rules against littering and smoking. 

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Related post: Smoke free beaches in Spain 

These restrictions may vary from one beach to another and local regulations might be of influence as well as the overall tourism policies of the region. It’s always a good idea to check with the local authorities or tourist office to find out about any specific restrictions that may be in place for the beach you plan to visit. 

Related: Be mindful of what you take and leave on the beaches 


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