Brits flying to Spanish resorts Majorca, Tenerife and Alicante have been warned that some beaches have been deemed ‘unsuitable for swimming’.
Ecologists say that dozens of the country’s beaches are polluted and poorly managed – meaning they’ve been given a ‘black flag.’
And due to a hike in single-use face masks and surgical gloves, environmental campaigners have warned that they are now polluting the sea .
Ecologists in Action, a Spanish confederation of 300 environemental groups, surveyed 4,970 miles of the Spanish coast.
In its ‘Banderas Negras 2020’ (Black Flags 2020) report, it handed out two black flags to 22 Spanish provinces, including Tenerife and Alicante.
The group warns that the sunseekers should not take a dip at Cala Egos beach, in Majorca, because the waters are not suitable for swimming.
Meanwhile, the expansion of the Port of Palma was dubbed an “example of environmental mismanagement.”
In all, 48 black flags were handed out across the country, including Andalusia, Canary Islands, Galicia, the Basque Country, Catalonia and Valenica, local media reports.
“Despite the fact that only two examples are used for each province, unfortunately the list should include more beaches,” the report warns.
The most common problems identified at these beaches included poor purification and discharges of untreated sewage.
Other factors included fears over invasive species, erosion on sandy beaches, and port expansion projects.
The Foreign Office currently warns against all non-essential travel.
But the government is expected to announce today that holidays to low-risk countries will be allowed.
This will allow tourists from those countries and returning UK travellers to avoid mandatory quarantine measures.
But quarantine measures could still be imposed abroad, depending on each government’s approach.