There are just too many tourists in Majorca during the peak summer months is what people are saying on the island at the moment. From politicians to local residents everyone appears to be saying that enough is enough. But do we have too many tourists? Or are we just moaning for the sake of it?

What I would say is that we should remember that the winters are very cold on the island and the more tourists in the summer will mean that more will be able to enjoy the winter in comfort. But that appears to be slightly forgotten in the hot months of July and August. The Council of Majorca has announced a freeze on the construction of new hotels in many of the island’s leading tourist resorts. The words "tourist saturation" are often being mentioned and half the population of the planet appears to be passing through Palma airport. But all this will soon end. In just about six weeks' time the summer season will be drawing to a close and Majorca will return to normal. You will not have to reserve a table at your favourite restaurant and you will not have to queue for everything.

But we must realise that we live from tourism. Majorca is lucky that so many tourists want to come to these shores. It is lucky that it has such fantastic beaches and great countryside, and sharing all this with visiting tourists is only a small price to pay for our prosperity. And you can forget trying to take the industry up-market with fewer tourists but with more spending power. Majorca is what it is - a mass holiday destination. If tourist numbers decrease then the unemployment rate will climb. It is as simple as that.

We shouldn’t moan about tourism, we should embrace it. Of course Majorca is busy in the summer months, I would be very alarmed if it wasn’t. Remember it has taken many years to build the tourist industry, and it is the lifeblood of these islands. Simple.


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arthur / Hace over 4 years

Stop complaining - in my opinion there are not enough tourists here - Magaluf and Santa Ponsa are actually quiet this year. Just build more inland large water parks and attractions then the visitors to be distributed. Yes the beaches get busy on a Saturday and Sunday - but that is normal in any part of the world when you have a large population who only work Monday to Fridays.

Try Venice, Rome and Florence - they have an intense number of tourists in a compact area for 365.

Personally not enough holiday makers in my opinion.


Ron / Hace over 4 years

'Saturación' Jason - our new buzz word! It's nearly August. There are lots of tourists, and our loony leftists are one year away from being booted out. There is supposed to be a freeze on hotel construction according to the moratium, but what about all the boutique hotel licences which don't apply and already in process of gaining licences? And tourists are already going elsewhere. There is a limit to what they will spend. Increases in tourist tax will bring less next year. Even up north those stupid stickers claiming that the island is for mallorquins rather than tourists are appearing. I would call this racism. And more residents every year here mean less properties to rent at affordable rents. Market forces dictate rental prices. And property owners will not rent to residents if they can't be guaranteed their money due to defaulters protected by our stupid laws. As you say winter is not far off, and we will be complaining about the lack of tourists!


MelB / Hace over 4 years

What an erudite and discerning article. This island would be nothing without mass tourism. The numerous tourist organizations should be concerned with satisfying the needs of the tourist, be that hotel, villa or boat to name but three, rather than giving the increasing feeling that they are not wanted or welcome.


ResidentRenter / Hace over 4 years

One thing the Government should get a grip on is the need to collect tax from those who rent out properties - either short or long term. I know of owners who insist on being paid in cash every month - they will not allow payment by direct debit. I doubt very much that the tax authorities know anything about these payments. The old "brown envelope" brigade still exists ! We should welcome all tourists, Summer and Winter. Without them the Island economy would collapse. It´s a great shame that those in power cannot get their act together in order to look after tourists well from the minute they land on Mallorcan soil until the minute they leave. It´s not as if it´s a surprise that they turn up here. That´s why there are so many flights, hotels and apartments !


S. / Hace over 4 years

I totally agree your comment. The 6 Week School Holiday period is when Mallorca is saturated with Tourists. But, Mallorca has had decades to improve its operating facilities.They are gradually getting more efficient. But the volume of Tourists are still being treated badly. The Airport is not efficient enough in several areas. The Transport facility is still problematical.. Certain shops and bar/restaurants are closing as a result of the Hotels All Inclusive Tariffs. If and when Mallorca improves in the aforementioned conditions, then the 6 week saturation of Tourists could be more tolerable by everyone.


Steve Riches / Hace over 4 years

Yes - the tourist is the customer not the invader. There is very little industry or commerce on the island which is not connected either directly or indirectly with tourism. Living standards for most residents are reasonably high but if those residents don't treat the customer properly they will shop elsewhere. Cherish what you have before you lose it.