Mallorca could see 25 sunbathers every 40 inches of coast by the year 2030!
Mallorca’s beaches could be so packed in years to come that by 2030, 25 people could be squeezed in to every 40 inches, experts have revealed.
Experts from the University of the Balearic Islands warn that in the average scenario, the most popular stretches of coastline could see 15 tourists per linear metre.
The figure for Menorca would be 5.7 and 10.1 for the smaller island of Pitiüses.
The situation has been mapped out by Dr. Andreu Sansó, professor of applied economics and head of business and economics.
He looked at human pressure on the Balearic Islands which, he says, will increase significantly in the coming decades.
The research predicted the years 2020, 2025 and 2030 with a view to planning for infrastructure such as transport, health and waste and resources like water and energy.
Dr. Sansó says that by the year 2030, there will be between 1.4 million and 2.5 million people living in the Balearics.
The average population of the islands in 2015 was 1.4 million.
The study says the density of population in the Balearic Islands for the next few could grow to figures similar to those of the most populous in the world.
Thus, in 2030 there would be a minimum of 292 inhabi-tants per square kilometre and a maximum of 499 in the whole archipelago. The extreme case would be the Pitiüses with a minimum density of 566 inhabitants per square kilome-tre and a maximum density of 723.
This growth would be reflected on the beaches with the worse scenario of 25.6 people per linear metre of beach in the case of Mallorca NOT taking into account passengers on cruise ships or private yachts.
The predictions will add weight to the argument being raged in the Balearics that tourism numbers should be limited.