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Alan, along with Elle, is the owner of Spain Buddy. He was born in the North of England (Lancashire) and travelled extensively before eventually settling in Almería. Alan has 3 sons from the first of his 18 marriages, (Sam, Joe & Ben) who are all now adults. You can read more articles by Alan on his personal blog at and see more of his photography on his photography website as well as on Flickr and Instagram. Also, for less than the price of a cup of coffee each month you can help support Alan's photography (and get some freebies into the bargain). Click here to visit his Patreon page to find out more.


  1. Barbarella
    May 26, 2018 @ 10:56 am

    Why do humans have to ruin everything and everywhere they go? This is why I see humanity as a *parasite* on this (once) beautiful planet. We just destroy everything by building roads through perfect landscapes, cutting down the rain forests, polluting our oceans and air, and doing crap like this everywhere people go! Humanity is like a cancer eating away at Mother Earth, destroying everything, and breeding uncontrollably, even though we know the planet is already overpopulated. Everybody always thinks small scale and selfishly, nobody seems to see the bigger picture that we actually need to protect and *respect* the living organism (planet earth) that we are living on. It’s the only one we have.

    Ok, that went a bit off subject, but yes, get rid of those darn things! They looked cute when there were just a few of them, but now it’s all gone totally overboard!


  2. Paula Myers
    June 14, 2018 @ 10:13 pm

    I’m fumin I’m gonna go back put mine back up nothin but harmless fun u bunch of horrible miserable people


  3. Mike F
    June 15, 2018 @ 3:06 pm

    Did you miss the part about the practice being ILLEGAL Paula!

    Tell you what, how about you place one on your own property where you can do what you like without breaking the law and look at it every day.

    Or, perhaps you can let everyone who disapproves of this illegal defacement of public property know where you live so we can come and deface your town if you love the damned things so much.

    It’ll save those of us who live here having to look at your tacky crap!


  4. Jeff Dean
    June 16, 2018 @ 1:17 pm

    Bah, Humbug to those who object to some harmless fun. What harm did it do to anyone?


    • Elle Draper
      June 16, 2018 @ 1:32 pm

      Regardless of anyone’s feelings on the matter – it’s not permitted.
      Perhaps you could provide a fence outside your home/office so that people can display their “expressions of love” there instead.


      • Sarah
        August 25, 2019 @ 12:56 am

        In playa blanca right now and the locks are still there with more being added. I guess they changed their mind about removing them. Lighten up people it’s harmless fun. Meanwhile the Amazon is burning.. maybe go rant about that instead?!


        • Elle Draper
          August 25, 2019 @ 11:00 am

          The locks are still being removed from Playa Blanca on a regular basis. Just because they don’t do it daily, does not make it legal again now.

          Lanzarote is a Biosphere Reserve and fighting a constant battle against such ways of displaying “love”. Other areas of Spain have installed metal structures where people can say “I love you” with their piece of cheap plastic. This idea has been presented to Yaiza council. These purpose-built structures usually also include a container for the keys, so that they are not thrown into the sea to affect wildlife like they are in Playa Blanca.

          “Meanwhile the Amazon is burning.. maybe go rant about that instead?!”. This website is called “SPAIN Buddy” – the clue is in the name. It concentrates on what is happening here in Spain rather than on global issues. Believe it or not, however, most people are capable about worrying about more than one thing at a time. We also worry about climate change, FGM, refugees, terrorism, the political landscape, animal cruelty, bigotry, fascism, child abuse… … … I could go on, but hopefully you get the idea. We choose not to rant about them on this website, because we have other (more appropriate) outlets for those.

          Perhaps you would like to supply your address so that people can go and emblazon your home/town/area with their expressions of love – be that love locks, carvings in trees, or graffiti. After all – it’s “harmless fun”.


  5. Donna
    October 26, 2018 @ 2:50 pm

    Great. I also find this practice really annoying and selfish. And usually, there are placed in places of natural beauty, totally spoiling the scenery. I hope other towns follow suit.


  6. Gemma
    March 24, 2019 @ 10:55 am

    I feel like in grand the scheme of things this is a very minor thing to actually let bother you. It’s a little symbol of people celebrating there love which is refreshing and beautiful. Rather than the hate that is driving force in the media.
    To be honest I think that’s a cracking Mike F having one in my garden. I welcome you to put one to see if we can’t light the spark in your heart for it.
    But hey, the joys opinions. we all have one.


    • Alan Gandy
      March 25, 2019 @ 5:22 pm

      Obviously you absolutely have me sussed out in that writing this one article about vacuous vandalism by NIMBYs (now a finable offence in Playa Blanca). I don’t have the time or brain capacity to also be concerned about the global rise of the far right and the resulting xenophobia, climate change, the crazy orange Bond villain with his finger on the big red button, Brexshit and the economic self destruction in the UK accompanied by the systematic destruction of the NHS, or closer to home for me the number of votes the far right Vox party polled in the last elections here in Andalusia…

      If only I was clever enough to have multiple opinions on both the big issues and the trivial…. ;)

      Would love to see a picture of your garden when you’ve installed your love lock sanctuary. :)


  7. Huskybloke
    August 7, 2019 @ 6:06 pm

    Regardless of whether you approve or disapprove. The benches along the front at Matagorda (Puerto del Carmen) have a conveniently positioned bar running along the back which serves no purpose except to invite this behaviour.


    • Elle Draper
      August 8, 2019 @ 3:48 pm

      They are for attaching dog leads or pushbike locks to.


  8. Bigal
    November 11, 2019 @ 5:58 pm

    In Matagorda just now and they have all been removed from the seats


  9. Tony
    October 22, 2021 @ 12:50 pm

    Alan, there are radiators and hoovers. Those radiating are positive, optimistic and pleasant people.

    This post shows what a hoover you must be, draining the life out of any room with constant complaint.

    This single post of opinion shows you up as a miserable and obnoxious turd.

    I imagine you’re the kind of person who would fish peoples coins out from
    a wishing well. Hopefully people avoid you, and this terrible self-indulgent website!!


    • Alan Gandy
      October 23, 2021 @ 2:31 am

      “draining the life out of any room” – I try my best as a leftie metropolitan wanker… I’m guessing the irony of your vehement comments and personal insults is lost on you…. (I stand by my comments on this form of vandalism from 3+ years ago).

      I hear yoga and/or meditation are good therapies for anger management, you should give it a go.


  10. Carol - a pleasant turd
    October 23, 2021 @ 11:44 am

    Dear Tony the Rad, Hoovers also suck up dirt and debris so I say stand well back, Dyson Al takes no prisoners. Besides that and back to the subject of lurve, the same blasted locks have ruined the Ha’penny Bridge over the Liffey in my own fair city. Had I a bolt cutter tool to hand I would be snapping more than the locks of the perpetrators. Love a bit of yoga, does feck all for my anger management though.


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