Tourists going to Benidorm in Spain issued warning over drinks and ice creams in holiday spot

Tourists are being warned about buying food and drink from illegal hawkers
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Tourists heading to Benidorm have been urged to "watch out" when buying drinks or ice creams.

Benidorm's Policia Local are warning beachgoers about buying food and drink from illegal hawkers. The so-called lateros and cuberos are regular sights on the resort’s Poniente and Levante beaches from the early morning during the peak summer season.

New vendors appear to pop up as soon as police have got rid of others. Officers say that customers may not be aware of how dangerous some of the drinks might be, with one example being an mojito mixed on the spot as an instant thirst-quencher for visitors relaxing on the sand, reports BirminghamLive.

Posters have appeared with the line ‘thirst or not, that is not the question’. Local police officers emphasised the safety aspect of buying any food or drink from unregulated vendors because it might not conform to health standards.

The Benidorm ordinance says that illegal sellers face fines of up to €3,000. It comes days after it emerged holidaymakers in Spain could be forced to pay £170 fines if they buy souvenirs from unlicensed sellers on the beaches and streets.

Plain-clothed cops will patrol the streets of Costa Blanca in south-east Spain to dish out penalties to unsuspecting tourists. From fake 'designer' handbags to knock-off watches, tourists buying products from unlicensed 'manteros' will be slapped with an immediate fine of up to €200 which works out at around £170.

The mayor of Torrevieja has called for more police officers during the summer to enforce the new rules in the hotspot.