Holiday blow for Brits as Ibiza and Majorca nightclubs to stay shut this summer

Holidayers looking to let off steam this summer will have to find somewhere new as the nightclubs of Ibiza are unlikely to reopen this summer.

Balearic Islands president Francina Armengol told the German media only when most of the islands' population has been vaccinated will foreign tourists be welcome once again.

She said: “Corona has once again shown us the need for responsible and respectful tourism."

"The nightlife will follow later, probably not this summer."

The Balearic Islands contain some of British tourists' favourite sunshine spots, including Ibiza, Menorca, Mallorca and Formentera.

Yet with vaccinations sluggish and cases still high throughout much of Europe, the resorts will once again have quiet nights and early bedtimes during peak season.

Spain remains on the amber list of countries, which means those returning must quarantine for ten days and present at least two, non-NHS PCR tests during their self-isolation.

In 2019, 18 million Brits visited Spain. A year later, it was just 3.2 million.

This year's numbers are unlikely to be as bleak, especially as tourism begins to rebound later in the summer and from autumn onwards.

But the damage done to seaside resorts throughout the continent is hard to miss, with Mediterranean countries including Greece and Turkey competing to ease restrictions and persuade tourists to return.

President Armengol has seeked special status from the UK government for visitors to the Balearic Islands, with little success.

The islands' tourism minister Iago Negueruela told a press conference last month he was eager for the return of British holidaymakers.

He said: "We know that the British want to come back, and we want the British to come back.

"What I can anticipate is that the opening of travel from May 17 will be cautious and gradual. The last thing we want to do is open and then have to close again, which would be the worst for everyone.

"We have to wait a little longer."

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