Barcelona Bikini Ban
If you've wandered the beaches of Barcelona already you might think that bikinis were banned long ago in BCN, seeing as so many sun worshippers chose to go without them; but now the City Hall wants to ban bikinis on the street - albeit via social pressure and appealing to people's sense of decency, rather than by militant enforcement and fines. Fed up of seeing tourists wandering the streets of the Barri Gotic in just their swimwear the City Hall issued the following statement:
"We want to make people understand that it's an attitude that we don't like, that it's not banned or punishable but that it's something we don't think is civil," a Municipal spokeswoman said on Friday.
With the weather in Barcelona reaching scorching proportions during summer, many tourists leave the beach without feeling the need to get dressed, but now the city's authorities are preparing a massive campaign to encourage them to put on clothes when they leave the sand and sea behind.
"In the coming weeks we are going to put up the posters in the metro, buses and in all public areas," the spokeswoman said. "And the mayor has sent letters to businesses, hotels, bars, restaurants encouraging them to download the poster and place it on their walls."
Despite the effort gone into this campaign (which critics say would be better directed at Barcelona's notorious problems with petty crime and prostitution), the City Hall has no figures on how many visitors walk through the streets in their bikinis, swimsuits or swimming trunks. "It's just a perception," said the spokeswoman.