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How constructing sandcastles and shampooing your hair could get you a high quality on holiday

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After Italy’s fines for wearing bikinis – other seemingly innocent activities that might mean a hefty high quality abroad, from constructing sandcastles to taking a souvenir pebble

  • Italy’s Sorrento resort has banned bikinis, with rule flouters risking a £425 high quality
  • Wish to construct a sandcastle on Levante Beach in Benidorm? You will need a permit
  • Need a pebble from Lalaria beach on Skiathos as a souvenir? Re-evaluate… 

As if going abroad wasn’t expensive enough, holidaymakers must even be vigilant about seemingly innocent activities that might land them with a hefty high quality.

We recently reported that Italy’s Sorrento resort has banned bikinis, with people wearing them risking a £425 (500-euro/$500) high quality for ‘indecency’.

Now FairFX has listed a number of more surprising ways in which holidaymakers might be fined, from constructing sandcastles to taking a souvenir pebble and from washing their hair on the beach to sleeping on one. It warns: ‘Research your destination ahead of your departure to envision for rules or restrictions that might cost you.’ Scroll right down to get a headstart…

Spain

Constructing a sandcastle on Levante Beach (above) in Benidorm could cost you

Wish to construct a sandcastle on Levante Beach in Benidorm? You will need a municipal permit beforehand otherwise you might be fined as much as 150 euros (£125/$150).

Smoking on the beach, sleeping on the beach and using shampoo or soap on beaches could also end in fines of a whole bunch of euros.

Fancy sipping a beer while out and about walking in Madrid or Barcelona? Beware. Drinking in public is banned in those cities. Flout this rule and you might be fined as much as 600 euros (£500/$600).

And like Sorrento, there are some places in Spain where bikinis are banned.

Greece

Taking souvenir pebbles from Lalaria beach (above) on Skiathos is not allowed

Taking souvenir pebbles from Lalaria beach (above) on Skiathos isn’t allowed

Lalaria beach on the island of Skiathos – where Mamma Mia! was filmed – is festooned with beautiful round white pebbles. Tourists have found them irresistible and took to removing them to maintain as souvenirs.

After worries surfaced that this was slowly destroying the beach, a ‘take an image, not a pebble’ campaign was launched. And the removal of pebbles banned.

The authorities there even installed a pebble amnesty box on the airport.

Caught stealing one in all the famed pebbles and you might be hit with a 775- (£655/$775) euro high quality.

Portugal

Pitching a tent in Portugal in the wrong place could cost holidaymakers hundreds of euros

Pitching a tent in Portugal within the flawed place could cost holidaymakers a whole bunch of euros

Wild camping is a no-no in Portugal and will end in a high quality of as much as 600 euros (£500/$600).

The country has also banned smoking in enclosed public areas, with fines of as much as 750 euros (£635/$750) for those who flout the rule.

Italy

On top of the bikini ban in Sorrento, tourists must also remember that from next 12 months, they’ll have to pay a fee of three to 10 euros (£2.50 to £8.50/three to 10 dollars) to go to Venice.

Those that don’t pay up might be fined as much as 300 euros (£255/$300).

Britons must display a UK sticker on their cars when driving them in the EU ¿ the GB identifiers are no longer allowed

Britons must display a UK sticker on their cars when driving them within the EU – the GB identifiers aren’t any longer allowed

Across Europe

Britons must display a UK sticker on their cars when driving them within the EU – the GB identifiers aren’t any longer allowed.

In the event that they flout this rule they might be fined as much as £120 (141 euros/$141).

Jack Mitchell, Head of Travel Money at FairFX, said: ‘With holiday budgets being tightened amid the fee of living crisis, incurring unexpected fines abroad could put a major strain in your budget. What’s worrying is that you might be caught out visiting a rustic you have been to repeatedly before as many rules have been recently introduced.

‘To avoid any unexpected fines, be certain you research your destination ahead of your departure to envision for rules or restrictions that might cost you. We would recommend testing the local news, talking to your travel provider or tourist information, and using an app or translation device to be certain you understand signs that might be warning you of hidden costs. Specifically, we’re seeing holiday hotspots introduce latest rules to guard locals and the environment.

‘If faced with a high quality, at all times pay within the local currency or on a specialist currency card so you do not get caught out with hidden exchange fees.’

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