No room in the car parks or on the beaches yesterday.

The island was transformed into one giant traffic jam yesterday morning and afternoon as all the access roads to the coast became huge bottlenecks, with everybody making the most of the fiesta and heading to the beach. The Playa de Palma, Magalluf, Palma Nova, Alcudia, Playa de Muro and Pollensa were brought to a near standstill as during the morning traffic flowed to the beach and then later yesterday evening, back in the opposite direction. Yesterday, like in previous years, was again the busiest day of the year on the roads and on the beaches, with local residents, tourists and visitors on short breaks from the mainland making the most of the Mare de Deu d'Agost fiesta. On the mainland they are enjoying a “puente” which means that because the fiesta fell on a Tuesday, most people finished work last Friday afternoon and headed to the islands as they do not return to work until this morning. By mid-morning there was no parking at Es Trenc and the dual carriageway to Andraitx and the motorway to Inca and main road to Alcudia were a constant flow of traffic. With hotels now finally full along with apartments, villas and second homes, there was little space left on the beaches. Since Friday 619'000 people have flown into Palma and the coastline of Majorca yesterday was a long line of sunbathers.


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