British tourists have been warned they could face fines of €200 (£171) for breaking a new rule in Spain’s Costa Blanca region.
Tourists caught buying items from unlicensed street vendors in Torrevieja could be fined as part of a new crackdown.
Torrevieja, a resort city in Alicante province, is one of the region’s top tourist destinations and is popular with Britons.
The City Council has launched a new campaign warning holidaymakers they could be fined if they’re caught with knock off goods.
Unlicensed street vendors often sell their wares from a blanket on the street and popular items include sunglasses, hats and clothes.
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Federico Alarcon, councillor for police, security and emergencies, said: “It is one more step than we have been taking in the fight.”
The population of the Spanish resort town swells during the summer which is why authorities have decided to target customers as well as sellers.
Alarcon said the police previously focused on targeting the unlicensed sellers to seize any counterfeit items.
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The campaign has been advertised on social media and in local venues with writing in Spanish and English.
The councillor added that the campaign has been designed to inform tourists who may not be aware they are breaking the law.
Unlicensed vendors often approach sunbathing tourists at the beach or people drinking outside in bars.
Tourists will need to be aware of several unusual laws in Spain, including a ban on weeing in the sea in the north of the country.
In the Balearic islands, tourists aren’t allowed to take part in booze cruises or ‘all you can drink deals’ in some areas, including Magaluf.
Magaluf’s restrictions on drinking have pushed tourists to visit other resorts, according to disgruntled hotel owners.
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