del Sol town of Torrox has outlawed the practice of ‘reserving’ loungers by
draping towels on empty chairs or staking beach umbrellas at desirable spots.
taking decidedly serious action to combat one of the perennial bugbears of beach
holidays with new by-laws inflicting fines of up to €600 on people who commit
the sin of ‘pre-booking’ a patch of sand.
local police now patrol beaches in the early morning, keeping an eye out for
suspect beach settings. When they see a suspect towel or umbrella, they wait a
few minutes to see if owners are nearby.
however, police deem the site is the work of a ‘beach thief’, they confiscate
the offending material. Owners can then reclaim it — for a fee of €30.