Given this, the local council felt that they had to make a pet friendly beach available to dog walkers, the first in the south of the island.
The natural beach known as El Confital or sometimes called del Horno, is an isolated area of approximately 9 thousand square metres, which is currently infrequently used by the public.
The beach, which is not near any populated areas, is a medium walk between El Médano and Los Abrigos.
The project is expected to be passed at the next council meeting; “It will be an open beach for everyone, with areas where owners can take their pets in to swim in the sea without disturbing users of the other beaches,” says Environment Councillor Jacob Donate.
The Council has already banned dogs from going in the water on ordinary beaches in an ordinance passed last year, which establishes penalties ranging from 300 to 3,000 euros.
Allowing dogs in this area seems feasible , according to the council, because this beach is not located in, nor does it form part of, any protected area .
The council also plans to install a series of informational posters explaining dogs must be properly vaccinated, wormed and identified, and be accompanied by a responsible adult when outside. If the dog is considered a potentially dangerous animal they should wear a muzzle and be on a leash.
The pet-friendly council is also seeking aproval for a dog park in El Medano and Los Abrigoss, a proposal that has been put to local inhabitants by letter for their feedback.