Bikini Ban on Streets of Barcelona

Posted May 24th 2010 12:11 PMUpdated May 24th 2010 12:38 PM

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It's not that they don't like bikinis in Barcelona. It's just that tourism officials don't think visitors should wear bathing suits on city streets – think of the potential traffic-stopping implications.

How much of a problem partially clad tourists wandering into the city's famous places like the Picasso museum is is unclear. But the seaside city's Tourism Board apparently plans to put up posters urging those using the beach to cover-up once they leave the sands.

According to reports, the posters show a man and woman in bathing suits with a red slash line across them – the universal symbol for stop – and a couple dressed normally with clothes (with no red line).

No fines are planned for violators. But there are reports the mayor is asking businesses, hotels and restaurants to help the city get the word out by putting up the posters, which will also go in public places including the subway and buses.

Calls to the tourism officials were not returned. But the online, English-language barcelonareporter.com says the issue comes down to etiquette, with officials concerned with "image" and "common courtesy towards Barcelona locals." Who wants to see someone in a swimsuit when you're in your business suit after all?

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