Strange law in Spain – rules we don’t expect

If you complain about bans in Torrevieja, official regulations and queues, take a look at other legal absurdities in Spain.

Spain is full of regulations that may seem unusual to visitors. In Seville, a game of dominoes has been banned on the terrace of a bar; the city thus wants to protect against the excessive noise such activities generate. Those looking for an alternative can instead pick up Chinese checkers and friko! Beachgoers in Tenerife should also be careful – building sandcastles is forbidden as they can collapse and injure someone nearby When it comes to naming toddlers at home, Spain prohibits the naming of Cain, Judas or Lenin, but allows the naming of Stalin, Jesus or Angel Finally, Madrid has a firm policy against begging in the streets with dogs – although cats or hamsters remain acceptable alternatives…. even donkeys may be suitable if someone needs something more impressive than usual!

In Bilbao, visitors can explore the city in a variety of interesting ways, from bicycles and motorbikes to public buses. But one thing is forbidden: sleeping in the car! In addition, in Madrid and Ciudad Real there are strict rules against activities such as jumping, rollerblading or tapping your heels indoors, but shouting outside and loud snoring are somewhat mitigated. Singing is also not allowed on the streets of Valencia and Madrid – it’s clear that citizens with vocal cords are not always appreciated by all ears! In some Spanish cities, dogs are even restricted at night when barking is not tolerated after dark – but how this rule is enforced remains an intriguing mystery… Finally, Villanueva de la Torre has gone so far as to say that keeping mops on balconies is met with law enforcement scrutiny – raising interesting questions about equality under Spanish law.

From balconies devoid of broomsticks to streets where beer kegs must not be rolled, life in Spain is rife with a number of surprising regulations. In Villanueva de la Torre, for example, keeping a mop on the balcony is strictly forbidden; if you are caught driving on your ‘cold elbow’, be prepared for a fine and try not to open any windows (unless they are air-conditioned). At the same time, Seville firmly prohibits its citizens from rolling beer in public and Granada advises against getting too close to cars except in limousines! Overall, these rules indicate that Spanish culture imposes strict regulations on mundane matters.

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