Three renowned beaches in Majorca are grappling with a shortage of sunbeds and umbrellas, sparking concerns among local hotels and businesses reliant on the influx of tourists to their picturesque coasts. Cala San Vicenc, Albercuix, and Tamarells in Pollensa are pending town hall approval to restore beach services.

Jaume Salas, the president of the hoteliers, told the Majorca Daily Bulletin: “Many of the users have opted to go to Alcudia, for all the amenities that its beach services,” and “Families, who come with children and with elderly people, want to be able to lie on a sun bed and enjoy some shade.”

Salas also mentioned that Pollensa mayor, Marti March, “is aware of the situation and has shown very good predisposition. The mayor has shown us his support and is doing everything possible to expedite the procedures.”

This issue is not new. Every four years, the Pollensa town hall is required to renew its beach service authorisation, which includes paying a fee to the Balearic government’s coast department, as reported by the Express. Once authorised, the council can issue the tender, accept bids, and grant awards.

However, the initial tender attracted no bids due to an excessive 130 percent increase in the fee. Consequently, Pollensa had to drastically reduce the prices. Following this, the Port Resident Association (AVP), which has secured the tender for roughly forty years, applied and is likely to be successful due to the absence of other competitors.

The situation should be resolved quickly if all documentation is current and the authorities facilitate a smooth process. Nevertheless, the delay has kept many tourists away and left 24 workers unemployed and without income while they await the contract’s finalisation.

This news comes as holidaymakers across Majorca have been cautioned about the powerful ‘rip currents’, with five Germans being saved by emergency services just last week. “Always let a lifeguard make a rip current rescue because often, the people that try to make rescues themselves end up being the ones who drown” warned Ocean Today. They add: “Instead, the best way to help is to throw them something that floats and immediately get a lifeguard for help.”