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Spain warning: Beaches in Benidorm hit full capacity as sunbathers are forced to leave

Holidays in Spain have always been popular with Britons after months of lockdown. Since tourists have been allowed back to the popular holiday spot, Spain’s beaches have hit capacity. The inundated beaches have forced authorities to close them.

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Local authorities are struggling to cope with the hundreds of sunbathers that have flocked to the beaches and have had to call in the police and extra stewards to seal off entrances.

The popular holiday destination of Benidorm will open its booking system for the main beach of Levante three hours earlier from Monday.

Tourists were queuing for two hours last week to get onto the beach with their tickets purchased at booths.

The online booking system will open at 9am rather than 12pm.

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Spain holidays: Beaches in Benidorm hit capacity again (stock image) (Image: GETTY)

Spain holidays: The inundated beaches have forced authorities to close them (stock) (Image: GETTY)

Beach councillor, Mónica Gómez,said: “In response to the request of users and to expedite the process we have decided to advance the schedule of reservations.

“As we stressed during the presentation of the beach reopening plan, Benidorm Beach Safety is a modular project that adapts to the needs and reality of each moment.”

Spanish councils are advising beach-goers to check on apps and websites if their first choice venues have space before they leave or to find an alternative.

Other councils are looking at new ways of coping without breaking coronavirus social distancing rules.

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Holiday resorts on the Spanish mainland, as well as the Canary and Balearic Islands, were all hit with similar problems on their beaches as hundreds flocked to sunbathe and swim.

In Tenerife, the “beach full” signs went up in a number of locations with messages being sent out to potential visitors to stay away because of the crowds.

Temperatures in Benidorm are hitting 30C almost everyday next week.

As temperatures continue to soar, its likely the beaches will remain inundated.

In Santa Cruz – a port city on the island of Tenerife – the main beach of Las Teresitas had to turn people in their cars away as social distancing measures would not be guaranteed.

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Spain holidays: Temperatures in Benidorm are hitting 30C almost everyday next week (stock) (Image: GETTY)

The weather in the Canary Islands has also been hitting the high 30s.

Two other beaches in the north of the island were also closed, at Las Gaviotas and Igueste de San Andrés.

The local police posted on Facebook: “ATTENTION: Due to the massive influx of vehicles to the beaches and massif of Anaga. The @PoliciaLocalSC will begin to control access to these places.

“It is recommended to give up if you intend to go to the area.”

Majorca and Ibiza also faced major problems as more and more families took advantage of the glorious weather.

Palma city council had to close the accesses to the beach of Cala Mayor after exceeding 90 percent of the recommended capacity.

International travel post-lockdown (Image: EXPRESS)

Other beaches and coves also had to turn people away, with warnings being relayed on the social network “not to come” and “to find somewhere else”.

Calvia council, which includes Magaluf, at one stage listed six beaches at capacity level.

Police said turning people away was the only way to guarantee their safety and prevent the spread of any coronavirus outbreak.

In Ibiza, police were called in to evacuate a cove in San Antonio after being told they were too many people on the beach which impacted on social distancing.

Around 100 sunbathers were asked to leave before it was eventually opened with crowd controls.

Additional reporting by Rita Sobot

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