Si this summer the bad figures of last year are repeated, the lights will go out in Majorca, at least in many businesses and shops that live off tourism. Magaluf, in the southwest of the Balearic island, has been a destination for many British tourists for decades. And in 2020, the number of British holidaymakers in Spain as a whole – compared to the previous year – fell by 82%.
Diego Belmonte, owner of a fast food take out restaurant has no doubts:“For the support of my family it is the most important thing. The British here in Magaluf is 100% necessary, it is important.”
Currently, any traveler arriving in Spain must present the results of a PCR test and fill out a health form that allows them to be identified and to monitor their flight companions in case of contagion.
Rosa Ana Morillo, General Director of Tourism of the Balearic Islands sees the glass half full:“I am very optimistic because we have the right figures, we have the right measures that will allow us to be considered ‘green’. And I think Mallorca is a very important destination for the UK.”
And it is even more so for the Germans. They are the largest national group of tourists on the island. At the moment, Mallorca has a curfew between 11 at night and 6 in the morning, so that nightlife that attracts visitors so much is impossible.