Rogue caravans and motor homes have become a problem, there is a simple solution.

Rogue caravans and motor homes have become a problem, there is a simple solution.

05-06-2020R.L.

From Palma to Pollensa, convoys of caravans and motor homes parking up in residential areas, many of them prime coastal spots, are causing serious problems. Palma City Council has now banned them from areas such as Portixol and Ciudad Jardin, but the problem has not gone away.

Now, residents in Puerto Pollensa are up in arms over the arrival of a new wave of motor homes.

The various authorities responsible for resolving the problem are busy passing the buck, letters are being written but no concrete replies are forthcoming. But I don’t see the problem.

Why does not the government use some of the tourist tax to set up a proper camp site?
I doubt it would involve serious investment and, apart from easing the tension being caused in coastal residential areas, it would open a new tourism market.

Not only are Spaniards big campers, be it with their tents or caravans, so too are the Northern Europeans. I was once a truck driver for what was the UK’s largest camping company and they had, and still have, hundreds of excellent camp sites all over Europe and they are extremely popular.

In this post pandemic era where more and more people want to be outdoors in the fresh air and in their little bubbles, camping could surely form part of the future of tourism.
Plus with Majorca’s great climate, it would be an all year attraction.

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Marvin the Martian / Hace 7 months

The whole point of having a camper van is to have freedom. Not to park up in a campsite. That defeats the purpose of having one. Mallorca isn't the right location for this type of travelling holiday. It's too small and too crowded. Places like NZ or more remote areas on the continent? Yes. Packed holiday island? No.

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Peter P / Hace 7 months

So Henry your answer is..... Oh you didn't offer a solution just a reason for it's existence. At least Mr. Carter was offering an immediate solution to the problem. Maybe after you have righted the wrongs of the world they will all have good jobs and nice homes.

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Brian Emery / Hace 7 months

Thought the tax was to keep the island looking pristine in tourist visited areas not to to build campsites. We pay tourist tax each time we visit if it is used on anything we may look elsewhere when it is safe to visit,

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Peter P / Hace 7 months

That idea is much too logical for the government of Mallorca to contemplate.

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Henry / Hace 7 months

The problem is more profound than you make it out to be. The majority aren’t campers but people who, unfortunately and many times due to no fault of their own, can’t afford to buy or to rent a fixed abode. Their only solution is to live in a caravan, like the thousands of homeless people on the west coast of the USA, not to mention other places around the world. Camp sites would quickly turn into trailer parks, something the authorities quite rightly don’t want to occur especially in coastal resorts. They is and won’t be an easy solution to this problem as more and more people find themselves in this undesirable and unfortunate predicament.

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