we actually had a laugh about it later
jimg, I'm gald that you could laugh about it...laughter is the best tonic so they say .
Whilst it is up to people visiting spain to aquaint themselves with local procedures, being a place so popular with foreign visitors you would also think the local pool staff would also be aware first time visitors could be ignorant of the rules in cases such as this
Well, there is always the other side of the coin, and the person employed to take shrapnel and hand out a key all day, may not be the sharpest knife in the drawer.
You're asking someone to be able to speak several languages and believe me if they can speak several languages, they wouldn't be working for the minimum "council" wage.
If they put a sign up, it would have to cover a long list of nationalities who visit the Costa del Sol...and there again, it may be the case of not many tourists using the public swimming pool (apart from in the winter months) because they usually have one attached to the hotel, and the majority using the public pool would be locals/Spanish, and how many Spanish know that you can swim without a cap in the UK.?.so, it may never cross their minds to inform you that caps are required, as I believe other countries in Europe have this rule and not just Spain...so they probably clump all the European countries together.