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Mallorca is visited by around four million tourists each year (Picture: Getty Images)

Attracting around four million tourists each year, Mallorca is immensely popular with British holidaymakers.

Famed for its beach resorts, coves and Roman ruins, it’s a 2.5-hour flight from London – but if you’re heading there this summer, fair warning: you could run into travel chaos.

One local has alleged that the current parking situation at Palma Airport is in ‘shambles,’ detailing that much of it is barricaded off without rhyme or reason.

‘They have made a complete shambles of the multi-story parking,’ one disgruntled reader, Alan, wrote to the Majorca Daily Bulletin.

‘All the second floor is barricaded off, many other spaces on higher floors are blocked with builders’ plastic barriers and there was literally no legal parking space available on Thursday when I collected my sister.’

The news is sure to ring alarm bells for those visiting family and friends living on the Spanish island, who may find that their loved ones are unable to collect them from the busy airport.

Mallorca is famous for its beaches and coves (Picture: Getty Images)

The reader, who lives in Spain, also added that, had he needed to catch a flight, he’d have been in ‘big trouble.’

‘I have never seen anything like this before so I’m puzzled as to what on earth is going on,’ he said.

In March, airline Jet2 confirmed that there was maintenance work taking place at the airport, writing on its website: ‘we are working with the airport to ensure that any disruption to your airport experience will be kept to a minimum.’

‘Due to this ongoing work, you may be waiting slightly longer than normal to clear immigration in both departures and arrivals.’

Elsewhere, those planning to stay with family or friends who live in Spain this summer have similarly been warned to plan ahead.

Without a letter of invitation, tourists who plan to stop with loved ones, rather than in a hotel or rented apartment, could face a hefty fine.

The rules changed following the UK’s exit from the European Union, necessitating the letter for those staying for 90 days or less.

For a loved one to give the letter or ‘carta de invitacion,’ they need to be either a Spanish national, an EU citizen living in Spain or a non-EU citizen with legal residence.

And it’s not just as simple as writing a handwritten letter either. The person you’re staying with will need to apply for it via their local police station – and it can take anywhere from 10 days to two months to be completed.



The 10 best hotels in Mallorca 2024, according to Tripadvisor

  1. Nakar Hotel
  2. Alcudia Garden Aparthotel
  3. Hotel Samos
  4. Iberostar Cala Millor
  5. Es Princep
  6. PortBlue Club Pollentia Resort & Spa
  7. Iberostar Selection Playa De Muro Village
  8. VIVA Cala Mesquida Resort & Spa
  9. BQ Aguamarina Boutique Hotel
  10. Hotel Costa Azul.

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