Having a holiday property in the Marbella area can only be improved by the addition of a four-legged best friend. But what about when you want to send some time at the beach? Nobody wants to leave Fido to fend for himself at home. A couple of hours at the beach will give you both some much needed exercise. Chasing the rolling surf of the Mediterranean is better than any stick, anywhere! There’s some good news. Two new dog-friendly beaches are to open in Marbella, meaning no family member misses out.

Where are the dog beaches?

El Pinillo area in Marbella and the Ventura del Mar in Nueva Andalucia are the planned new canine-friendly beaches, as recently announced by the Junta de Andalucía. Miguel Diaz, Councillor for Sustainability of Marbella,has welcomed the news, which is a much-needed boost for dog owners. The announcement will help to meet the called-for demand for dog beaches in recent times.

Right side of the dog beaches law

There are some rules to abide by. Your dog will have to have up to date vaccinations, and you must be in control of your dog at all times. This will ensure that everyone gets a chance to enjoy the area in harmony.You must scoop that poop too. The areas that have been decided on are those that are less popular with beach-goers. So, families and those that would rather NOT have Fido sharing  space on the sand will not be disturbed. Additionally, access for less able bodied visitors and the elderly will be taken into account. Both areas will have access ramps fitted.

Beach care

Take good care of your dog, as well as the beach. Dogs love to play in the sea, and run along the sand. The best time to take them is early in the morning, or late at night. Avoid the hottest times of the day as their feet and pads can be sensitive to the hot sand. Also, bring along an extra bottle of water for them. Never leave your dog in a hot car, even for a few minutes. Be prepared for a sandy, wet and smelly car after the fun!  Up to now, the only other canine-friendly beaches have been at Playa del Castillo Sohail in Fuengirola, and Playa Arroyo Totalan in Malaga. So, overall, it’s good news for Marbella residents and tourists alike – you could even say it’s Pawsome.

Do you know of any other dog-friendly beaches in the Marbella area? Let us know, and drop us a comment today.


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