Majorca and Ibiza resorts issue warning as tourists shun terrorist hotspots

“We will have serious problems”


by Kayleigh Dray |
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Egypt, Tunisia and Turkey used to be some of the ultimate holiday hotspots for Brits over the summer months.

However holiday companies have cancelled flights to a number of areas in Africa and Turkey, including the formerly popular Sharm El Sheikh, due to terror fears.

As an alternative, Brits have been busy booking package holidays to “safer areas” closer to home, including Mallorca, Ibiza, and other Balearic Islands.

Many of these have sold out already - and, for those who have managed to book a flight, crush warnings have now been issued.

And it’s so much more than an increased chance of fighting over sun loungers; it seems as if the country’s very infrastructure could be cracking under the pressure.


In fact, environmentalists have suggested that the roads, beaches, and sewage systems won’t be able to cope with the increased number of visitors.

Gerard Hau, a spokesman for Grup Balear d'Ornitologia Defensa de la Naturalesa (GOB), an umbrella group for environmentalists in the Balearics, told the Observer: “This will be a crazy year.

“The infrastructure will not cope. Mallorca is booked out. We will have serious problems this summer.”

He continued bleakly: “The traffic is gridlocked, so people are stressed. There are no parking places.

“If they can’t go in the sea sometimes, they are stressed. Last year we had problems with sewage. The system just couldn’t cope, and we do not let people into the sea if there are such problems.

“They are stressed because there is no room on the beaches, they are stressed and they won’t come back. Tourism is a vital thing, mass tourism is a tricky, tricky thing.”


He finished firmly: “This year will be a crisis year.”

That doesn’t sound like the jolly summer holiday we were all hoping for, does it?

And it doesn’t help that locals are becoming more and more furious with tourists, with some spraying graffiti which reads “tourists are terrorists” or “tourists go home”.

As a result, authorities are working hard to clamp down on public drinking and drunken behaviour.

And some areas, such as the La Boqueria market, have been allowed to ban big groups of tourists at set times, sparking debate in the country.

It’s not just the drunken partygoers that are causing issues, however; it’s also those tourists who go off the beaten track, in such of nature spots or rare wildlife.

Mr Hau said: “I think it's better to have those drinking ghettoes, Playa de Palma and Magaluf, where people go, rather than these intellectual types of tourists who tramp over everything in their search for the untouched bit.”


While travel companies are also offering flights to Italy, the majority of flights have been sold out.

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