The sandcastle being demolished. | miquel a. cañellas

The Palma city council sent the bulldozers in to demolish five giant sandcastles which had been built on the beach in Playa de Palma.

The sandcastles were removed for hygiene reasons, according to the council.

They are usually built at the start of the summer then maintained throughout the season with donations being collected from beach-goers.

But it all came down with the demolition order being issued by police.