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Barcelona's Bikini War

Barcelona to tourists: Get dressed when you leave beach

May 25, 2010

Holidaymakers are peeling off the layers as temperatures soar across Europe but it seems that scantily-clad tourists in Barcelona are getting residents a bit hot under the collar.

Locals are so fed up with visitors wandering the streets in their bikinis that the city is launching a campaign to convince them to put on clothes when they leave the beach.

Municipal authorities in the seaside Catalan city have printed posters showing a couple in swimming costumes with a red line across it, alongside another couple fully-dressed without the red line.

A spokesman for the city hall said: “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.

"In the coming weeks we are going to put up the posters in the metro, buses and in all public areas."

The city's mayor has sent letters to businesses, hotels, bars, restaurants encouraging them to download the poster and display it on their walls.

The city hall had 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.

Barcelona to tourists: Get dressed when you leave beach
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