The starting gun has been loaded but, in the case of the UK in particular, it has yet to be fired to mark the start of the overseas summer holidays.

As I’ve mentioned before, there are many local residents who are enjoying the lack of tourists, fewer cars on the roads and allegedly more space on the beaches but over the past few weeks I’ve come to the conclusion that we, the residents, don’t fully appreciate what wonders we have in Majorca, not to mention across the Balearics. So fierce has been the flood of domestic visitors to the tiny island of Formentera that strict controls on vehicles and access to beaches have been introduced.

And, early this week I was surprised at the amount of plastic waste in the crystal clear waters in Illetas.

Could it be that the coastline is now ringed with private yachts?

I don’t know, I wouldn’t like to point the finger at anyone in particular but with all three of the main beaches in Illetas having been closed off by the police because they were “full” on Tuesday afternoon - who is making the mess?

The Balearic population is a hugely privileged one considering the environment and location within which we live and so much has been said about protecting the islands, sustainability and all that. So why, I wonder, are we not treating it with due care?

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STAN / Hace about 1 year

I lived in Palma Nova. Every time the Yacht flotillas came out of their harbour areas to have booze parties etc. The three bays of Palma Nova were littered with their garbage. That was obviously thrown overboard during their debauchery. I pointed out this disgusting litter of sanitary products, condoms etc. to the Beach Police Patrol. He shrugged his shoulders and said he could not do anything as they were rich people.

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Bert / Hace about 1 year

Graffiti on every wall and immovable object and rubbish everywhere you look, and you expect the beaches and water to be clean ? Yachts and their owners are the last people you should blame.

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