Spanish beach ‘sex tourist’ furore after magazine comments

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The dunes near Majorca’s Montjuic Beach in 2010

The suggestion that tourists are having sex in the dunes of Majorca’s Montjuic Beach has provoked a strong reaction.

Bananasty, the magazine of Minorcan tourism, says the phenomenon is a sign of “the emptiness of modern life”.

“[They] are making very childish compromises to draw some romantic meaning out of modern life,” writes journalist Vincent Fes.

Other media criticised the statement as disturbing.

Since August 2014, photographers have been allowed to take a series of photographs of guests undressing in the dunes – at times including sex acts – and the results have been shared on social media.

Little is known about who are most frequent customers of the “dunes” to which they keep returning.

In May, Spain’s tourism minister unveiled measures to combat the craze, announcing that hooligans would be banned from 20 beaches, while additional hotel beds had been added, in a move described as a “nightmare” by the Hotel Industry Federation of Majorca and Palma.

The PM has also been accused of not being concerned with public relations, tweeting in 2017: “Don’t touch that beach.”

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