Couples and families have been slammed for arriving early, “parking” their sunbeds, towels and lilos as close as possible to the sea and then wandering off for hours.
Space is currently at a premium on Spanish beaches as social distancing is followed.
Other tourists have complained about the “very uncivic” behaviour and police have even been called in to deal with the problem.
They and beach patrol officers have removed possessions and taken away dozens of foldable chairs, tables and even an inflatable boat after other tourists had to be turned away because there was “no space left” under the coronavirus regulations.
Torrox near Marbella on the Costa del Sol has already increased its fines and has handed out more this season than last summer even though the beaches only reopened a few weeks ago once Spain’s State of Emergency was lifted on June 21.
Despite the popularity of the hotspot, beach space has had to be limited in order to control the potential spread of coronavirus.
However, the arrangement is not as rigid in other areas where, in some cases, zones are specifically marked out with ropes or chalk.
Other resorts have a strict system whereby people have to use a phone app to book their places.
A statement issued by Torrox council, which posted pictures of the scenes on its Facebook site, warned: “May we remind all users of our beaches that space reservation is NOT allowed.
“The Torrox Local Police and Civil Protection Torrox coordinate and watch over compliance with this rule and proceed to collect beach items that reserve the space.”
“This year we add the COVID19 issue as an additional reason to be responsible and not leave those items that occupy a space that for reasons of capacity and distance can be used by other users: Walking, eating at the beach bar or nearby establishment can be done and In that case, the police are informed and there will be no action.
“The goods are removed when it is detected that they have gone home and take hours to return until after nap in many cases.”
“Today it has been in Playa Ferrara but it will be taking action in all the others in the municipality, provided that it is observed that the rest of the users see the possibility of the beachfront being mediated.”
Hundreds of comments have been posted on Facebook by disgruntled tourists: “We are seeing this every day.
“These people aren’t disappearing to the beach bar. They are going home to eat or take a nap and then come back at 6pm.”
Another posted: “It’s time for people to become more aware.
“It’s not right for spaces to be occupied by umbrellas and chairs but no people.”
A third said: “It’s pathetic and disrespectful to tourists.”
For those who are fined and have their belongings confiscated, they can only retrieve their possessions by turning up in person and paying the penalty.
However, some people worry this won’t faze the offending tourists as they’d simply buy more cheap chairs or umbrellas the next day.
Additional reporting by Rita Sobot.