British tourists branded 'plague' in Spain as locals say their city 'stinks of foreigners and beer at 11am'

A stock image of a British holidaymaker in Spain
British holidaymakers have sparked some outrage across Spain
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Jack Walters

By Jack Walters


Published: 27/06/2024

- 17:31

Updated: 27/06/2024

- 17:52

Anti-tourist sentiment is spreading across Spain as boozing Britons continue to jet off for the summer holidays

British tourists have been branded a “plague” in Spain as local residents complain cities stink of beer as early as 11am.

Malaga lawyer Luis Navarrete took to social media to slam Britons for turning a once traditional cafe into “John Scotts”.


He wrote: “Our central cafe is now called John Scotts and at 11am it stinks of foreigners and pints of beer.

“They have destroyed our identity, they have prostituted everything they could in our city. This deserves a change.”

A stock image of a British holidaymaker in SpainBritish holidaymakers have sparked some outrage across SpainREUTERS

Malaga is witnessing a surge in anti-tourist sentiment.

A “historic” protest is taking place in the centre of Malaga at 11.30am on June 29.

Protesters have been urged to congregate on Plaza de la Merced this Saturday.

Demonstrators are expected to wield banners and chant anti-tourism slogans.

Navarrete’s post received vocal support from other Spaniards on social media.

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Jesus Toboada wrote: “The centre of Granada reeks of bars with menus in English.

“Instead of traditional bars with tapas and bocadillos, burger joints, sushi restaurants and shops selling turron in the middle of summer are proliferating.

“The guiris are spitting on the locals in their own city.”

Luka Trinidad, from Cadiz, also claimed the area is “suffering this plague”.

Anti-tourist sentiment has been spreading across Spain in recent months.

However, a business chief in Majorca warned British tourists might have taken revenge.

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Alfonso Robledo, president of local restaurant association Majorca CAEB, claimed businesses have noticed a drop in clientele numbers.

He said: “Before there was no difference between Mondays and Saturdays.

“We were always full because people who are on holiday don’t take into account whether it is a working day or a public holiday.”

Robledo added: "This year, however, customers are leaving their dinners or lunches for the weekends.

“We don’t understand what is happening because there are more and more tourists."

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