Maps: Which beaches in Spain have banned smoking?

Maps: Which beaches in Spain have banned smoking?
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With the news that Barcelona has just banned smoking on four of its main beaches, we take a look at where else in Spain has banned smoking on the sand.

Barcelona has recently announced that it will ban smoking on four of its main beaches from May this year. These include the beaches of Sant Miquel, Somorrostro, Nova Icaria and Nova Mar Bella. 

Many Barcelona have praised the move, while many others have taken to social media to express their anger at the new rule.

As well as being horrible to find between your toes when sunbathing or when your kids are building a sandcastle, cigarette butts are harmful to the environment and marine life. 

A discarded cigarette butt is made of over 97 percent cellulose acetate and contains 4,000+ chemical toxins.

But, discarded cigarette butts are just half the issue, the other problem is the smoke, which on Spain’s crowded beaches can affect the health and well-being of many others around. 

Barcelona is of course not the only Spanish city to have banned smoking on its public beaches. We take a look at which other beaches across the country have put a stop to it. 

Catalonia

Besides the four beaches in Barcelona, many of Catalonia’s beaches have banned smoking, all the way up to the Costa Brava. In fact, Catalonia became the first region to designate a ‘smoke free’ beach when the town of L’Escala introduced the rule back in 2006. Since then, it has been extended to a total of eight beaches in the region, these are Sant Feliu, Sant Pol,  Canyerets, in Sant Feliu de Guíxols, Playa de Ocata, in El Masnou, Playa de Sa Boadella, Canyelles, Treumal and Fenals, in Lloret de Mar and Playa de L’Escala.

 
Galicia 

The region of Galicia has the most smoke free beaches in Spain, with a whopping 141 ocean and river beaches imposing the ban. These include 51 beaches in the province of A Coruña, 24 in Lugo, 10 in Ourense and 56 in Pontevedra. 

Some of the most popular and well-known beaches that are free from tobacco include Santa Cristina in Oleiros, A Rapadoira in Foz, and Silgar in Sanxenxo.

 
 
Canary Islands 
 
Gran Canaria is the main island in the Canaries that has introduced smoking bans on its beaches. The municipality of Mogán introduced new rules, along with fines of up to €450 for anyone caught breaking the rules. These include Playa de Mogán, Anfi, Puerto Rico, Amadores, and Las Marañuelas in Arguineguin.
 
Tenerife will also be bringing in smoking bans on its beaches later on this year. These are set to include five beaches in Santa Cruz. 
 
 
Murcia 
Last summer Murcia had a total of nine smoke-free beaches, stemming from a program which began in 2018. These currently include El Rihuete, Playa Chica and El Castellar in Mazarrón, Playa Villananitos in San Pedro del Pinatar, Playa del Pescador and the main beach in Santiago de la Ribera, Playa Mistral in La Manga, Playa de La Concha in Los Alcázares and la Cala de las Higuericas Águilas. 
 
 
 
Andalusia 
 
As of last summer, there are now over 20 beaches across Andalusia which have introduced the ban. These include Vera in Almería, Motril and Algarrobo, as well Playa de la Rada Estepona, Vélez-Málaga, Lagos, Mezquitilla, Caleta, Torre del Mar, Almayate, Valle Nizas and Benajarafe in the province of  Málaga.
 
El Chorillo in Conil de la Frontera, El Palmar in Vejer also have smoking bans, as do the beaches in and around Tarifa including Playa Chica, Atlanterra, Valdevaqueros, Playa de los Lances and Bolonia. 
 
Playita de Arroyomolinos in Zahara de la Sierra, Santa Bárbara in La Línea, El Carmen de Barbate and de Zahara de Atunes in the provincia de Cádiz have also banned smoking. 
 
 
Asturias 

Asturias designated smoke-free beaches for the first time last summer, but the ban could be extended throughout the region this summer. 

The list currently includes Playa de Misiego, El Puntal y Miami in Villaviciosa and Playa de Los Quebrantos in Soto del Barco.

 
Balearic Islands 
 
The Balearic Islands have around nine smoke-free beaches between the islands. On Mallorca you can enjoy the fresh air on Cala Estancia, Cala Anguila, Cala Deià, Colonia de Sant Pere, Cala Millor, Sant and Joan in Alcudia. 
 
In Ibiza, smoke-free beaches include Playa de Santa Eulalia del Río and Playa de Talamanca, while in Menorca you can head to Binissafúller. 
 

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