Costa Tropical on Guard

Starting yesterday evening, people began to arrive on the Costa Tropical to spend the weekend in their holiday homes, which for the costa is a double-edged sword.

COS Policia Local Playa MasksIf you speak with anybody connected with tourism, this news is a welcome relief but if you speak with the average resident, they would prefer that there wasn’t an influx bringing a possible increase in contagion and a return to being locked down again.

The Central Government now openly admits that opening up for Christmas was a mistake – there are several hundred people that are no longer with us who can confirm this, so mumblings from the Junta about Semana Santa (no procession but more freedom of movement) create alarm amongst Costa dwellers despite the need to get money into local cash tills.

For this bank-holiday weekend, the mayors along the Costa Tropical, urge caution with this arrival of people from Granada and elsewhere inland, behind the Costa Tropical; i.e., wear masks, keep your distance, use hand-gel etc.

But urging caution is not enough, so the police will be out keeping an eye on overcrowding in bars and restaurants, people not wearing masks in public, people breaking the evening curfew and of course, bottle parties in cortijos and other secluded spots.

(News: Costa Tropical, Granada, Andalucia)

  3 comments for “Costa Tropical on Guard

  1. March 4, 2021 at 2:09 pm

    Torben: sorry we have taken so long to get back to you but we have been waiting for the latest changes to the Covid restrictions.

    It is now known that there will be no movement between provinces within Andalucia or movement between Andalucia and neighbouring regions such as Extremadura, for example.

    Under the present conditions, therefore, a Spanish resident living anywhere in the province of Granada can go and stay in their second home on the coast, for example, whereas a resident of Jaén, for example, cannot do the same on the Costa Tropical or Costa del Sol.

    Now, logically, if a Spaniard living in Spain cannot travel in and out of Andalucia or across the provincial borders within it, then you cannot fly into Málaga and be expected to cross Andalucia to stay in a holiday home.

    There are no foreign tourists coming into Andalucia staying at hotels or second-homes.

    Yes, you can travel to Spain, but not as a tourist (which includes staying in holiday homes). So, yes you can fly from Denmark to Málaga, but not to move into your second home, unless you are a resident in the municipality where your holiday homes is. You will need a PCR and a TIE (Spanish residency card for foreigners).

    Do people manage to move into their homes without getting turned back? Undoubtedly, but do you want to take the chance?

    Thanks for the positive feedback, by the way – it’s always appreciated 😉

  2. Torben Kjaer
    March 2, 2021 at 1:27 pm

    I’m a big fan of your wonderful magazine.
    People can now travel from my country (Denmark) to Malaga by plane. Do you know if you can drive into Andalucía in your own car? We have a house in Jete.

  3. Mike B
    February 27, 2021 at 11:27 am

    Sadly the last comment is not the case. I was walking to the shops this morning and four unmasked joggers brushed past me huffing and puffing in my face. A guardia civil vehicle drove past at the same time and I tried to stop him but either they didn’t see me or didn’t want to. I can understand why it may be difficult jogging in a mask, but do it in the campo or at least give people a wide berth.

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