• Old city of Dubrovnik to introduce fines for tourists in skimpy swimsuits
  • Zagreb, Jul 26 (EFE).- Municipal authorities in the Croatian coastal city of Dubrovnik are set to impose fines on people wearing skimpy swimwear in a bid to avoid partial nudity.

    The fines are to put an end to the habit of some tourists who visit the Adriatic coastal city walking around in swimsuits or very little else, local media reported Tuesday.

    "The old center is a form of museum, in such a way that it is unacceptable for tourists to walk on the Stradun (the main street in Dubrovnik), dressed incorrectly", vice mayor Zeljko Raguz said.

    Warnings on scant clothing will be put up at the entrance to the medieval town of Dubrovnik, a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1979, in order to avoid any misunderstandings.

    Offenders of the dress code within the old city are to be fined between 500-1.000 kuna (67-130 euro).

    Matters came to a head when two nude male tourists were walking around the center of Dubrovnik in June, Croat newspaper "Slobodna Dalmacija" said Tuesday, adding that similar fines are to be imposed in Split, where the newspaper is based.

    In recent years, indignant locals have frequently posted photographs of tourists in the renaissance streets of the "Pearl of the Adriatic", as well as in other cities, wearing extremely scant clothing, such as a tanga or trying to enter a church wearing a bikini.

    Dubrovnik is not the only European city to impose such fines on those deemed to be inappropriately attired.

    Walking around the Spanish coastal city of Barcelona without a T-shirt, in a swimsuit, or in the nude, could result in a fine for the offender.