Becoming an ever increasing phenomenon in Spain, the concept of dog-friendly beaches may soon become a reality in Torrevieja, with the PSOE councillor, Dora Fernández, leading a campaign to try to have a beach on the coast of the city dedicated for use by dogs and their human companions.

A petition was started a short while ago, canvassing opinion on whether this would be a welcome addition to the beaches of Torrevieja, already collecting around 1,400 signatures in support.

According to Fernández, “more and more municipalities are encouraged and enabling a piece of beach that dog owners can attend with their pets. They are cities that are committed to the new demands of citizens who want more modern and tolerant beaches for themselves and their pets, integrating them into harmonious city life”.

The socialist group believes that as Torrevieja is both a city of rich touristic value, where over half of the population are foreign, it is those immigrants who are often most committed to their pets, and is convinced that the move would be welcomed.

Coastal towns around Spain including Mijas, Fuengirola, el Campello, Gandía, Tarragona and Tenerife all have beaches for dogs already, and Orihuela have also started looking into the possibility on their shoreline, to further enhance the facilities already plans for the animal loving population.

The socialists are now pushing for the project to become a reality as early as this summer, but also say that they will continue to encourage registration on the petition, and will continue to fight for what they see as the next important development in opening up the beaches to everyone.

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