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Fake Warning Signs Against Tourists Placed on Beaches in Spain

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Photo:  Fake Warning Signs Against Tourists Placed on Beaches in Spain. Source: Collage The Gaze
Photo: Fake Warning Signs Against Tourists Placed on Beaches in Spain. Source: Collage The Gaze

Spaniards are engaging in a true battle against British tourists. An activist group in Spain is placing counterfeit warning signs about cliff edges and the presence of jellyfish to prevent tourists from accessing their prime beaches, as reported by The Sun.

Other fabricated cautionary placards state that bays for holidaymakers are closed or that reaching the actual beach, which is situated merely 100 yards (90 meters) away, requires a staggering 2 hours and 53 minutes.

As reported by The Independent, these signs on the beaches of Majorca, one of the Spanish Balearic Islands in the Mediterranean, have been placed by the anti-capitalist group Manacor Caterva, which opposes excessive tourism.

While the warnings are in English, there is a small text in Catalan that unveils an entirely different message.

Under one sign depicting a swimmer surrounded by jellyfish, the Catalan text reads: "Open beach. Not for jellyfish or foreigners."

On another sign related to falling rocks, the Catalan text states that there is no rockslide, but danger arises due to overcrowding.

Clever Spaniards are thus thwarting the British from overtaking their most popular beaches.

Two of the signs, cautioning about jellyfish and falling rocks, were shared on social media by the Barcelona radio network Versió RAC1, garnering over 92,500 subscribers on Thursday.

Residents of Spain's budget-friendly resorts complain that the British consume alcohol and cause disturbances excessively but spend too little money.

This source of ongoing tension is not only confined here, but also on other islands and in the country's most beloved cities, including Barcelona and Madrid.

According to the European Commission, tourism accounts for more than 10 percent of Spain's annual gross domestic product, with the United Kingdom contributing the largest portion of this surplus.

Majorca is a highly favoured holiday destination for Europeans. According to data published by Statista, in 2022, the island was visited by 3.9 million Germans and 2.1 million Britons. Additionally, the island welcomed just under 1.8 million visitors from other regions of Spain in the same year.

You can also explore a list of the best nudist beaches in Europe by following the link here.

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