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    • elsmandino
    • By elsmandino 19th Jun 17, 1:45 PM
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    Private/Public beaches in Europe
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    Private/Public beaches in Europe 19th Jun 17 at 1:45 PM
    Hello,

    My partner and I, until our 2 1/2 year old was born, always stayed in all-inclusive in the Carribean (plus a couple of times in Mauritius and once in Bali).

    At each hotel, the beach in front of the hotel seemed to be owned by the actual hotel - the sun loungers were owned by the hotel, security staff monitored the beach, hotel staff served drinks on the beach etc.

    We have decided to stay in Europe until my son is old enough to accept the much longer travel times.

    Last year, we stayed in Mallorca and although it was a fantastic hotel, the beach was public. Not only did we have to hire sun loungers each day, but no staff seemed to visit the beach at all. As the beach was not an insignificant distance from the hotel bars, it made getting ice-creams/drinks to my family a bit of a pain.

    I was just wondering whether my experience was due to different laws in ownership in Mallorca/Europe or whether we just happened to pick a hotel that was not the best for beach lovers.

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    • ssparks2003
    • By ssparks2003 19th Jun 17, 2:01 PM
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    • 19th Jun 17, 2:01 PM
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    • 19th Jun 17, 2:01 PM
    No, your experience was due to booking a hotel that did not own the beech, You may have to pay more but there are hotels that have private beeches across Europe.
    • DCFC79
    • By DCFC79 19th Jun 17, 2:21 PM
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    • 19th Jun 17, 2:21 PM
    I agree with sparks, you just picked a hotel that didnt own the beach, Im sure there are plenty.
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    • ibizafan
    • By ibizafan 19th Jun 17, 3:52 PM
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    • 19th Jun 17, 3:52 PM
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    • 19th Jun 17, 3:52 PM
    It could be something common to Spain. In Ibiza the beaches are public as well. I've a feeling Italy is similar.
    • leylandsunaddict
    • By leylandsunaddict 19th Jun 17, 4:19 PM
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    • 19th Jun 17, 4:19 PM
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    • 19th Jun 17, 4:19 PM
    All beaches in Spain are public, as they should be. Unless a Supreme Court ruling has changed, Italian beaches are public as well.
    Most beaches have bars near them to buy drinks and ice cream.
    • Shelldean
    • By Shelldean 19th Jun 17, 4:22 PM
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    • 19th Jun 17, 4:22 PM
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    • 19th Jun 17, 4:22 PM
    Google. I just did. Searched private beach hotel. Didn't even add Europe.
    Majorca, Crete and Algarve are first three results



    https://www.google.co.uk/search?q=private+beach+hotel&oq=private+hotel+beac h&aqs=chrome.3.69i57j0l15.8148j0j4&sourceid=silk&i e=UTF-8&gws_rd=cr&ei=1etHWc_4GaiNgAak0bcY
    • leylandsunaddict
    • By leylandsunaddict 19th Jun 17, 5:57 PM
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    • 19th Jun 17, 5:57 PM
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    • 19th Jun 17, 5:57 PM
    All google is doing is picking up the words private and beach. It doesn't necessarily mean the hotels have a private beach in the sense that it belongs to the hotel, that no one other than guests can use it and that sun beds etc are free. I don't know whether Greek or Portuguese laws allow beaches to be private, but they certainly don't in Spain.
    • peachyprice
    • By peachyprice 19th Jun 17, 11:29 PM
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    • 19th Jun 17, 11:29 PM
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    • 19th Jun 17, 11:29 PM
    Lots of hotels with direct beach access in Crete.

    Whether they are actually 'private' beaches or whether the hotels are allowed to used allocated sections of a public beach I don't know, but hotel guests don't have to pay for facilities on the beach that is adjacent to their hotel.
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    • elsmandino
    • By elsmandino 20th Jun 17, 1:10 PM
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    • 20th Jun 17, 1:10 PM
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    • 20th Jun 17, 1:10 PM
    Thank you all for your input on this - I did try googling "private beaches in Europe" and came up with a similar search. I got the impression that it was showing beaches that were secluded as opposed to privately-owned.

    I guess my best bet is to do my research a little better and perhaps ask a few questions, about specific hotels, on Trip Advisor.
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