Spain: Photos show beaches standing empty as Britons ditch holidays for UK staycations

Spain’s beaches have been left almost desolate as Britons ditch their holiday plans in Spain for something closer to home. Meanwhile, beaches in the UK have seen tourists flock in their hundreds. Bournemouth beach and Lyme Regis, both in Dorset, have both been popular choices with those taking staycations.

Beaches in the UK are set to get even busier as temperatures hit 27C on Friday.

From July 27, the Foreign Office (FCO) updated its advice against all non-essential travel to Spain.

The advice now includes the hugely popular Balearics and the Canary Islands.

It comes after Spain experienced a huge surge in cases.

The regions of Catalonia, Navarra and Aragon all saw huge spikes.

Anyone returning from Spain will now be asked to self-isolate for 14 days.

Beach resorts in Spain which are popular with Britons have roped sections of the beach to make sure sunbathers social distance.

Other beaches have more stringent rules where they require people to wear masks while they sunbathe.

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While some beaches in Spain are still relatively busy, others are practically empty.

Santa Cruz de Palma in La Palma in the Canary Islands shows just a couple of people on the beach.

A photo of Figueretas beach in Ibiza sees just a few people sunbathing and some people walking.

Meanwhile, photos of Barcelona in Catalonia show remain the beach remaining fairly busy despite a spike in cases in the region.

The Government’s announcement last week has devastated Britons, with many taking to Twitter to air their grievances.

One user said: “So I booked my holiday to Spain in January pre COVID-19 but Ryanair aren’t cancelling flights so now I have to take two weeks off work unpaid.”

Another tweeted an airline saying: “As I cannot change my flights yet again due to no more holiday allowance at work and you wont let me cancel if i do not want to travel to Spain, can’t accept voucher either as I have booked next year.” (sic)

However, No 10 has warned that other countries could face the same fate if cases continue to surge.

A Government spokesman said: “Decisions on border measures and travel advice can be changed rapidly if necessary to help stop the spread of the disease.

“Unfortunately no travel is risk-free during this pandemic and disruption is possible.

“Anyone travelling abroad should be aware our travel advice and exemption list is under constant review.”

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