World beaches best list places small patch of sand near Seville ‘good for walking’, but water must be kept clean
Tourists having sex in the dunes is ruining a Spanish beach
People who have sex in the sand at a Spanish beach near Seville are ruining the place, according to the nation’s tourism bosses.
The regional government of Andalucía said it would be doing “everything it can” to prevent people having sex in the dunes at Agua Blanca on the Costa Brava in south-west Spain.
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Santiago Carrasco, a professor of economics at Carlos III University in Madrid, said: “In developing countries this used to be a way to boost tourism. We’re here in developed countries where this has become the concern, but I don’t think it’s the worst thing that can happen to a beach.
“In the past years the atmosphere of things, in terms of issues of hygiene and general environment, has become less relaxed, and this can’t be at the cost of people’s enjoyment of the beach.”
A large beach hugging the cliffs at Agua Blanca has been named best in the world in TripAdvisor’s annual list, which is based on reviews of beaches from travellers around the world.
Tourists are apparently regularly caught having sex in the sands at the small patch of sand, which is protected from trespass by fencing.
Mariano Mora, Spain’s secretary of state for infrastructure, development and resources, said: “We in Andalucía are fighting with the scourge of tourism that has taken over our beaches, and the official beach in fact, Agua Blanca in Andalucía, that is a world beach top ranking.”
“I also regret that a few years ago the reclamation of the dunes from tourism and residence was not always done right – it has a negative impact – and we have been told about that in recent years by several people.”
The seaside town’s mayor has even asked residents to call police if they see any romping under the dunes.
The two-year-old area, perched above the shimmering cerulean waters of the bay, was named the world’s best beach in the final round of voting last autumn.
It was beaten by pristine Corfu Bay in Greece, which won for the second year running.