Santa Pola’s new dog beach, La Caleta dels Gossets, has become the town’s biggest tourist attraction of the summer, according to the council’s beaches department. Since the facility opened in May, it has attracted around 100 dogs a day on average with a total number of registered visits coming in at just under eight thousand. All dogs must be micro-chipped and pass through a laser reader before their owners can take them onto the beach, as well as ensuring that their immunisation records are up to date.

Councillor Mercedes Landa told the Información newspaper that they had received many compliments about the beach from dog owners, with regular users commenting that they prefer it to other dog beaches that they have access to. “We have set a benchmark standard for the quality of the beach,” said Landa. “This has put the name of Santa Pola in the forefront for families who want a tourist destination that they can go to with their pets.”

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