British misery as dozens of Spanish beaches are hit with ‘not suitable for swimming’ warnings

Britons who traveled to Spain for vacation were advised not to swim in the sea on some beaches in Mallorca, Tenerife and Alicante due to pollution levels.

Britons visiting the Spanish seaside resorts of Mallorca, Tenerife and Alicante were warned that some beaches had been deemed “unsuitable for swimming”.

Environmentalists say dozens of beaches across the country are polluted and poorly managed, meaning they have been awarded a “black flag.”

And due to an increase in single-use masks and surgical gloves, environmental activists have warned that they are now polluting the sea.








Raw sewage was also discovered on some beaches
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Ecologists in Action, a Spanish confederation of 300 environmental groups, surveyed 4,970 miles of the Spanish coast.

In his report “Banderas Negras 2020” (Black Flags 2020), he presented two black flags to 22 Spanish provinces, including Tenerife and Alicante.

The group warns that sun worshipers should not bathe at Cala Egos beach in Mallorca, as the waters are not suitable for swimming.








Dead fish washed up on the shore of a Spanish beach
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Meanwhile, the expansion of the Port of Palma has been called “an example of environmental mismanagement”.

A total of 48 black flags were distributed across the country, including Andalusia, the Canary Islands, Galicia, the Basque Country, Catalonia and Valenica, local media report.

“Despite the fact that only two examples are used for each province, the list should unfortunately include more ranges,” the report warns.








Face masks and surgical gloves pollute the water
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The most common problems identified at these beaches included poor purification and discharge of untreated sewage.

Other factors included fears about invasive species, erosion on sandy beaches and port expansion plans.

The Foreign Office is currently warning against all non-essential travel.




But the government is expected to announce today that vacations in low-risk countries will be allowed.

This will allow tourists from those countries and returning UK travelers to avoid mandatory quarantine measures.

But quarantine measures could still be imposed abroad, depending on each government’s approach.


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