I’ve just spent nine weeks in Majorca, moving all around the island including Palma, Alcudia, Sa Rapita, Cala Llombards, Soller, Pollensa, Binissalem, Arta – even over to Formentera.
I’ve been coming to Majorca for more than 25 years, both for holidays and business, and never have I seen the island – an iconic travel destination – in such a sorry state.
No matter where I was, the heartbreaking scenes were consistent – deserted beaches, boarded up shops, hotels closed for business, empty cafes, hundreds of taxis parked up off-site at the airport, and empty parking lots that would normally be filled with hundreds of coaches.
Pretty much every resort was like a ghost town, with an eery feeling of tumbleweed as we walked around.
In August, peak season, the island would normally be absolutely buzzing with tourists – but not this year.