BRITS headed for summer holidays in Spain have been warned of a mystery substance that has forced four top beaches to close.
Red flags have been raised to prohibit swimming along the coast of the holiday hotspot resort of El Puig, near Valencia after a strange white matter washed up.
The town council made the decision to shut the beaches of Medicalia, Puig Val, Old Fishermen's Quarter and Els Plans on Saturday after alerts of a mystery substance.
A thick, grainy, white substance has coated the beaches in the area – and authorities have no idea what it is.
Maritime experts are now taking samples to analyse the substance "as soon as possible", La Vanguardia reports.
The council said: "We understand that this decision can be inconvenient for lovers of our beaches, but everyone's safety is our priority."
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The beaches should remain close until the investigations have deemed the substance as safe.
The investigators are speculating it may be a spill from a ship that was sailing nearby, according to local media.
Authorities have also raised the red flags on the nearby sandbanks of Pobla de Farnals and Massamagrell.
Only half an hour down the coast, tourists and locals alike were devastated by last week's news of a summer shutdown of a favourite beach – L'Arbre del Gos.
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The sandy Spanish hotspot will reportedly be closed from August 15 and fenced off in 200m sections while the local council performs a £24million anti-coastal erosion project.
Meanwhile, a beloved Ibiza beach was closed indefinitely on July 20 after officials made a deadly discovery.
The sands of s'Aigua Blanca had been ruled a danger to the public following a spat of powerful waves and stormy weather.
Last month, Brit holidaymakers were warned of a beach closure in the popular area of Alicante.
The city council issued the order following reports of high levels of faecal bacteria in the water.
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