Beach protests in Majorca as locals take action over UK 'overtourism'

Calo des Moro
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Tensions have flared in Majorca as locals took to the beaches in a defiant stand against UK tourists, amid escalating concerns over 'overtourism'. British holidaymakers have been put on alert following a series of protests on the Balearic Islands, with the latest incident on Sunday (June 16), when residents 'occupied' Calo des Moro beach in Santanyi.

The demonstration saw approximately 300 people claim space on the sand, as reported by the Majorca Daily Bulletin. The protest was orchestrated by the social media collective Mallorca Platja Tour, aiming to highlight the struggle locals face due to the influx of visitors during peak seasons.

Kicking off at 8am with a modest gathering of 20, the numbers increased steadily throughout the morning. Organisers expressed their intentions, stating: "We want to spend a day at the beach with people from here."

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They added "To do so we had to come at eight in the morning, otherwise it would have been impossible."

Promising a mix of fun and activism, they aimed to enjoy the sea while voicing their frustrations over the tourist saturation that hinders residents' beach access, reports Birmingham Live. The event was planned to wrap up by 1pm.

In response to the beach occupation, one British social media user commented: "Why ohh why do people want to go to places they are not wanted? They wanted you years ago when they were little villagers but they have grown in size and they don't want you anymore, leave them to themselves and why they have no more revenue coming in they'll be crying for you to go back, don't go let them eat cake go to place that make you welcome? ".

"Reduce the number of Hotels seems to be the obvious route -if this is a problem ? If the Majorcans are not careful , nobody will come back next year and they will have to power their economy from the Majorcan car industry," one individual commented on Facebook.

"These issues seen increasingly, especially in small islands, are indicative of one major fact, Too many people. islands have the wrong mix of holiday accommodation/affordable accommodation for workers to wait on those holidaying... all down to greed somewhere in the chain," another person added.