Playing Loud Music on Beaches in Portugal Can Cost Tourists up to €36,000

As the peak tourism season approaches in Portugal’s most popular beach destinations, beachgoers have received a warning about potential fines of up to €36,000 for loud music playing on portable speakers.

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The National Maritime Authority (AMN) of the country has banned portable speakers that blast out tunes at high volumes, aiming to address concerns raised by locals and tourists, reports.

In order to provide a tranquil and relaxing environment for vacationers who have selected Portuguese beaches as their destination, has compiled a list of the bans travellers may face when travelling to this country.

As a result, holidaymakers in Portugal are now subject to fines ranging from €200 to €36,000 if they are found using sound equipment that amplifies noise or any other related devices.

In addition to the measures mentioned above, AMN in Portugal also announced last month that playing loud music on Portuguese beaches could result in fines of up to €4,000.

Furthermore, there are additional bans and restrictions in place on Portuguese beaches, such as:

  • Unauthorised ball games
  • Camping outside campsites
  • Fishing in bathing areas
  • Preservation of beach integrity

At the same time, overflight by aircraft below 1,000 feet, except for those intended for surveillance, rescue operations, and authorised aerial sports and recreation, is prohibited outside designated crossing channels on Portuguese beaches.

Laws introduced by the EU Member States for regulating antisocial behaviour on Europe’s beaches has become more frequent. In April of this year, Spain banned cigarettes on its 28 beaches.

In this regard, all of the beaches in Majorca, Ibiza, and Menorca have been designated smoke-free zones. Similar measures were introduced in Barcelona last year too, where tourists faced the risk of fines if caught smoking cigarettes on the beaches.

Recently, Spanish authorities also emphasised that travellers on holiday in the country may face fines exceeding €200 if they choose to cycle while wearing earphones.

Even Dubrovnik unveiled its plans for a luggage drop-off system to minimise the noise generated by wheel-along suitcases within its picturesque and historic Old Town, renowned for its cobbled streets.

In response to the influx of tourists, Greece has also implemented a time slot system for visitors to the Acropolis to manage the crowds effectively.

Adding to the list of measures taken to address tourism challenges, Rome’s Pantheon has introduced an entry fee. This recent development serves the purpose of crowd control, ensuring the protection and maintenance of this revered architectural marvel.