UK tourists in Benidorm may find going to the beach a little different from usual over the upcoming months, as sunseekers will have to book their spot on the sand.
Friday 17 July will be the first day that those visiting the beach at the resort will need to have pre-booked before arriving.
Booking a beach spot
Holidaymakers will have to book their place at the beach, but this currently only applies to Levante beach - one of Benidorm’s two most popular beaches
Mayor of Benidorm, Toni Perez, confirmed the much-anticipated high-tech system would go live at noon on Thursday 16 July, after the beach recently came close to reaching maximum capacity.
Although the new system was announced in June, it was not then implemented due to the lack of holidaymakers.
Mr Perez said, “People will be able to book their spot on the beach for the following day so this Friday will be the first day beachgoers will have had to use the system to be able to access the beach.
“The system will only be implemented from Thursday at midday for Levante Beach where some problems in terms of people being able to enjoy the beach as they should, have been detected.
“Controlling the amount of people on the beach is a legal obligation and we want to make sure as many as possible can enjoy sunbathing and swimming as possible during any one day.”
How will it work?
Tourists already have to stay within one of 5,000 13 by 13 feet squares marked out on its famous Poniente and Levante beaches.
They are colour-coded - blue for general use or red for the over-70s, who have been allocated specific areas.
Those visiting the beach will be able to reserve online or in person at one of the reservation stands. To book online, you can visit the Benidorm Beach Safety website.