Three Mallorcan beaches to be analysed
Without doubt, the main draw of Mallorca to millions of its visitors every year is its beaches. There are hundreds of them, coming in all shapes and sizes; from sandy to pebbled, from quiet and unspoilt to busy and literally packed like sardines. Whatever your preference, there's a beach here for you!
However, our very presence, no matter where we are, or how careful we are has an effect on the environment of the beaches, even if we never actually visit one! To know how we can mitigate the effects of mass toursim, we first need to study what is happening to our beaches and compare this with other parts of the world in similar or non-similar situations.
Three beaches in Mallorca have been chosen for the scientific analysis of residues linked to tourist seasonality; Torà, in Peguera (Calvià), sa Cànova (Artà) and Es Caragol (Santanyí) will be studied over three years in collaboration with the Oceanographic Institute and Friends of the Earth.
The three were deliberately chosen as being examples of a beach of very intense tourist use, one frequented mainly by local population, and another with local and tourist influx. They join others of a similar nature from the rest of the Mediterranean in Greece, Croatia, Italy, Malta, France, Belgium and Spain whose results will all be sent to the University of Barcelona for analysis.
As well as this European funded programme, the Consell of Mallorca is also carrying out work to encourage recycling by tourists to try to preserve its pristine beaches like Canova (photo) and Caragol for future generations. I hope they succeed because having spent some time on the deserted Canova beach on my holidays 3 years ago enjoying the space and silence, I think it would be a tragedy if we lost places like it.