As Platja de Llevant was stripped of its blue flag earlier this year, the Ajuntament de Barcelona decided to open up 1,250 square metres of the beach to dogs and their owners in a pilot scheme for a canine beach.
Only 100 dogs are allowed on the beach at any one time, all of which must be microchipped, and owners are expected to keep control of and clean after their pets at all times. The beach has been equipped with doggie toilets and showers, as well as specially designed water fountains. Cleaning is carried out twice daily, the sand is raked every night by a tractor, and the top 30cm of sand is turned over three times a week to maintain cleanliness.
Since its inauguration on July 19th, over 10,398 pups have graced the designated dog-friendly area, and the authorities have stated there have been no incidents to report, therefore declaring the initiative a success. As a result, the programme will be extended to next summer.
The beach will be open until September 25th this year.