Let’s hit the beach!
A big Pet Project “WELL DONE” to Christina Kastin who reports this week on her mission to convert Mallorca (and the whole Balearic Islands) to “pet friendly” islands. Christina has been persuading the local councils to permit us to take our dogs to the beach and on the bus!
Update on coastal areas for dogs to access:
New in Andratx: you can access the entire beach -coastal- area with your dog during the off season, November to March (both included), they can be off leash but the dog owner always needs to be in control of its dog and show respect to other people, with or without a dog. The municipality has now, in June, also set up an area for dogs accessing an area all year around, called “Playa Cala Blanca” (in Camp de Mar), as you can see on the sign.
Artá: you can access the entire beach -coastal- area with your dog during the off season, October to April (both included); for the moment they are not allowed off leash (because the town hall found a fault in their regulations about it, but they are working on changing that so they can be off). The municipality are also working on allowing a beach area, (one or two) to access the sea, during the summer months, so it would be an all year access for dogs, but it is not yet ready. However areas that are not classified as official beach areas are allowed for dogs to be on, also during the summer period.
Palma: they have set up an area for owners and their dogs, to access the sea, which is called “Es Carnatge”; you are allowed to access it during the whole year. This is the only place that dogs are allowed to access the sea in Palma.
Pollença: they have set up a place not far from the Port of Pollença, the area is known as the “Llenaire” beach permitting dogs on the special section of it, see the sign. It is open all year around and the dogs are allowed off their leads. They are also due to update the regulations and include (at the moment it only says dogs can’t be on the beach during the summer months, which in principal gives them the right to be there the rest of the months of the year) that dogs are permitted on all the coastal areas during their off season months.
Coming soon! Santa Margalida (Can Picafort) and others are in process of changing and the one in Santa Margalida should announce any time soon their beach area for dogs to be allowed, all year round. And after the summer they will also change the rules for the winter time, they will set up the same rules as other municipalities have done; that dogs are allowed access to all the beaches-coastal areas during the off season.
Transport: The transport company in Palma, EMT; set up one bus line last Autumn, number 30 (which takes you to the “beach” area Es Carnatge” that is set up for the dog owners in Palma) for dog owners and their pets to travel on and now in June it is all moving forward and two more lines have been set up (from 14 June 2014), number 2 and 20. It costs 0.30 cents (Euro) per dog per route and the dogs must have a muzzle on and be on the lead and be able to show the pet’s passport detailing vaccinations. Dogs classified as “dangerous” are not allowed to travel on the bus.
For more information contact Christina via her website http://www.guide4dogs.com.
Photographs: Christina Kastin