Majorca locals urged to 'storm beaches' as UK tourists desert 'empty' island

Majorca is "half empty" with bar owners and hospitality workers concerned protests over UK tourism have impacted the popularity of the holiday hotspot. The Balearic Island's party capital Magaluf is seeing bars, restaurants and hotels deserted by UK tourists.

Local newspaper Majorca Daily Bulletin warned: "One of Mallorca´s leading holiday resorts and it appears half-empty if that. There is some concern amongst the business community about the lack of tourists. Some say it is early days, others claim that it is busy at the weekends but the top resort does appear quiet, abit too quiet for some.

"Our set of photos come just days after thousands of people marched through Palma calling for an end to mass tourism. Judging by Magalluf this afternoon, as one bar owner suggested, their wishes have been granted. Magalluf usually starts to get busy at this time of the year as we approach peak season with June just days away."

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It comes as protest group Majorca Platja Tour is calling on Mallorcans via social media to join a fresh protest against tourist overcrowding by storming the island's different beaches this weekend. The first demonstration this Saturday will take place in Colònia de Sant Jordi, in what they intend to be a preparation for the big protest that will take place on Sunday June 16.

"This Saturday, 1st June, we will meet to organise the big move for Sunday 16th June. You are welcome to contribute your ideas!", they explained in a tweet under the hashtag #OcupemLesNostresPlatges (Let's Occupy our beaches)," they said on social media.

Vox spokeswoman Manuela Cañadas said that Mallorcans "cannot expect to go to the beach in July and August like they did years ago". "The problem with giving tourism-phobic messages is that there are other destinations that are more attractive and we can end up starving because there is a lack of work here," she added.

"VOX says that we cannot go to the beach so we are going to fill them" and "we call on all residents near beaches to make a stand, recover our beaches and enjoy them as we did before. Prepare the trampó, pineapple and apricots to spend the day", the group shot back.