UK Tourists Warned of £2,500 Fines for Breaking Ice Cream Rule in Benidorm

By Ivan PetrenkoJun 14, 2024 10:00 AMNews
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Beware of buying Ice Cream on the beach. Source: Image by Steve Buissinne from Pixabay

British tourists in Benidorm are being cautioned about a new scam affecting the popular Spanish resort. Local authorities have issued warnings to ensure the safety of holidaymakers frequenting this favored destination.

 

Local police in Benidorm have alerted beachgoers to avoid buying drinks and ice creams from unauthorized vendors. These vendors, often seen on Poniente and Levante beaches, appear early in the morning during peak summer season. Despite ongoing police efforts to eliminate these vendors, new ones continually emerge.

 

Authorities emphasize that consumers may unknowingly purchase potentially dangerous beverages, such as quickly mixed mojitos offered on the beach. Posters with the message "thirst or not, that is not the question" have been displayed to highlight the risks of buying from unregulated sellers. The primary concern is the violation of health standards, which could pose significant risks to consumers.

 

Benidorm regulations stipulate that illegal vendors could be fined up to €3,000 (£2,500). This warning comes on the heels of recent news that British tourists in Spain could face £170 fines for buying souvenirs from unlicensed sellers on beaches and streets. Undercover police officers will patrol the Costa Blanca streets, ready to issue fines to tourists caught purchasing counterfeit goods.

 

These counterfeit goods range from fake 'designer' handbags to imitation watches. Tourists purchasing these items from unlicensed street vendors, known as 'manteros,' could face immediate fines of up to €200, approximately £170. To enforce these new regulations, the mayor of Torrevieja has requested an increased police presence during the summer months in this popular tourist area.

 

The emphasis on vigilance and adherence to local regulations is crucial for maintaining safety and avoiding fines. Tourists are advised to stay informed and cautious while enjoying their holidays in Benidorm and other parts of Spain.

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