You've probably spent many a lazy day beached on a sun lounger listening to the waves gently lapping
You've probably spent many a lazy day beached on a sun lounger listening to the waves gently lapping on the shore and enjoying the shade of beach umbrella. But have you ever wondered where the
money you've paid for your lounger goes?
Here in Spain all the beaches are public property administered by the national government's coastal authority and are subject to certain rules and regulations. In Palma, the town council looks
after the cleaning and maintenance of the beaches and it also administers all the facilities on the beach such as loungers, sun shades, pedalos, water sports and so on.
Businesses or private individuals pay the council a fixed sum for the rights to hire out equipment on the beach and the council sets the numbers allowed and the prices and then it's up to the
concessioaire to make a profit. In Cala Estancia, for example, it's cost €10,120 for the rights to locate 150 loungers and 75 sunshades on the beach which can be hired for €5 each per day.
Meanwhile, Playa de Palma's enormous beach (photo) has 6000 loungers, but that concession costs a whopping €457,000!
This year the council has received over half a million Euros from these concessions but all bar 80,000 Euros of this goes to the coastal authorities. Unsurprisingly, the council say that this
amount doesn't even cover their costs in looking after all the payments AND ensuring that the number of loungers on the beach is not exceeded by unscrupulous concessionaires.
Phew! Complicated isn't it?