Sun-seeking Brits flying out to Spain are being stung by a ‘Covid tax’ slapped on drinks ‘illegally’ by bar owners, it has been claimed.
Bars across the European holiday hotspot are reportedly charging up to €1 per table and sometimes €1 more per drink, while some nightspots have also upped their entrance fees.
And the sun-soaked resorts are far from what keen holidaymakers remember – with many bars closing at 10pm, and all nightclubs in the likes of 18-30 favourite Magaluf closed.
A consumer rights group has claimed the extra charge – to help proprietors afford PPE for staff – is against the law, according to The Sun.
It comes as beaches in several parts of Spain have had to turn away sun seekers for the second weekend running.
Three picture-postcard beaches in the kitesurfer’s paradise of Tarifa on the Costa de la Luz had reached their maximum capacity by 2pm on Sunday.
They include beautiful Bolonia beach, a short drive west of the town centre.
Police blocked off the only access road to the beach as day trippers from areas like Marbella continued to arrive despite the local town hall announcing on a mobile phone app it was at maximum capacity.
The coves of Les Rotes south of Denia on the Costa Blanca also had to put up ‘full’ signs.
Last week, the UK government gave the green light to foreign holidays by lifting its 14 day quarantine restriction on arrivals from parts of Europe.
And travel websites crashed last weekend after families hunted for bargain breaks abroad while Spanish tourist bosses faced a race against time to open thousands of hotels after the surge in bookings.
Prior to the announcement, King Felipe and Queen Letizia, of Spain, declared the country open for business, and appealed for tourists to flock to the Costas and Canaries.
After a walk along the sands in Gran Canaria, the King said: “We have been able to stroll by the sea and show Spain is in a new phase and we’re tackling the recovery.
“The message we want to send to people is one of encouragement, that visitors have to come, from the mainland, from Europe, from wherever is necessary. We have to lift our spirits.”