UK tourists in Ibiza and Majorca issued 72-hour warning and 'it's dangerous'

British holidaymakers jetting off one of the most popular tourist hotspots have been warned - it could be dangerous. Brits flying to Majorca for the Bank Holiday weekend face significant disruption as thousands are set to protest against anti-tourism sentiment on Saturday night.

There's also word that Ibiza joined the fray with protests on Friday evening, amid growing concerns over the "dangerous" levels of anti-tourist feelings. It is part of a wave of demonstrations against mass tourism and the strain it places on local resources, following similar actions in Lanzarote and Tenerife last month.

The demonstration is scheduled to take place in Palma, the island's capital, kicking off at 7pm on Saturday. However, Balearics islands leaders have warned there could be more.

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This follows a tragedy in Majorca that left four dead. Campaign organisers have expressed their astonishment at the sheer number of groups and organisations rallying behind the message "Majorca is not for sale! ".

"We initially thought around 2,000 people would show up, but now it looks like the numbers will be much higher," revealed a representative from Banc de Temps de Sencelles, the group behind the protest, reports the Express.

They've called on the government to provide additional buses and trains to facilitate the arrival of participants from all over Majorca. The group has hinted that this protest will spark a series of "other actions" in the coming weeks.

"The aim of the demonstration is to draw attention to the housing access issues in Mallorca, which is a widespread concern. However, it's part of a bigger picture that includes tourist overcrowding and the purchase of properties by non-locals," explained Carme Reynes from Banc de Temps de Sencelles.

The situation in Majorca is heating up as locals are threatening to blockade the island's airport and stage protests outside hotels. Last week, a group brandishing the slogan "Mes turisme, menys vida" - which translates to "More tourism, less life" - announced plans to disrupt Palma Airport during the Bank Holiday weekend.

The planned protests aim to draw attention to the difficulties residents face in securing affordable housing, as holiday rentals are more lucrative for owners. Additionally, they want to spotlight the negative effects of mass tourism, such as packed beaches, traffic jams, and the destruction of scenic spots, which they claim are spoiling the island.

While acknowledging the economic benefits of tourism, many Majorcans feel that the drawbacks are starting to tip the scales, with patience running low.

The local political group Mes per Mallorca is advocating for a reduction in flights to Palma airport, stating bluntly: "Majorca is no longer overcrowded, Majorca is experiencing collapse."

Last year, the Balearic Islands welcomed nearly 18 million visitors, and this summer's bookings have surged by 15%, as reported by Balearic president Marga Prohens.

In response to the growing discontent and congestion, the Balearic Government convened its inaugural meeting on Wednesday to discuss the creation of a new tourism model amidst the current 'social unrest'.

The government is reportedly gearing up to conduct a comprehensive survey among island residents shortly, aiming to gauge public opinion, tally the summer traffic on major routes, and keep tabs on the visitor numbers.

"The time has come to adopt difficult decisions and transform the tourism model," the president declared. However, she cautioned that the new model wouldn't be up and running for the next few years.

"The path to reaching agreements will not be easy but we owe it to the entire society in the face of the current situation of overcrowding of the archipelago and mobility problems," she added.