Mallorca is tired of illegal beach bars in protected bays

by Lorraine Williamson
illegal beach bars on Mallorca

MALLORCA – The government of the Balearic Islands wants to make short work of illegal beach bars on the beaches in the protected bays. That is why the Ministry of the Environment is promoting a new management plan. 

The management plan was drawn up with the participation of the Directorate-General for Nature Reserves and Biodiversity. The plan aims to prevent the installation of illegal beach bars and other businesses in the protected coves along the Costa del Llevant – the east coast of the island. 

According to Última Hora, this initiative will avoid asking for concessions to establish kiosks and other beach services in the marine-terrestrial domain of the protected area. However, this has consequences for the busy Cala Varques, Cala Virgili or Cala Pilota, among others. 

In addition to limiting the placement of beach bars, the new management plan also regulates the activities carried out on the Costa del Llevant. This will, therefore, provide more control over the movement of people and boats within the protected area. In total, this concerns an area of 5,114 hectares, of which 4,240 is the sea and another 874 is land. 

“The management plan for the Costa del Llevant is the seventh to be approved during this term of office. It will regulate the use of one of the areas of Majorca with significant anthropic pressure,” Llorenç Mas said in statements collected by Ultima Hora. Mas is the General Manager of Natural Spaces and Biodiversity for the Balearic Islands. 

Protected natural areas 

Mallorca has important natural areas. Firstly , there is the largest wetland area in the Balearic Islands, Parc Natural de S’Albufera. This is an important wintering area for migratory birds and has a wide variety of flora and fauna. Parc Natural de Mondragó is also protected. This is located on the southeast coast of Mallorca. It includes a protected coastline, beaches and cliffs and is home to several species of birds, reptiles and mammals. 

The Serra de Tramuntana mountain range that stretches along the northwest coast of the island is also protected. It has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The area offers spectacular landscapes, rich biodiversity and high cliffs and deep gorges. Finally, there is the protected Parc Natural de la Península de Llevant on which the aforementioned management plan focuses. This park is located on the east coast and includes a coastal area with cliffs, beaches and coves. 

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