Spain's holiday resorts have become the stage for a bitter rivalry between British and German tourists.
Tired of years of criticism for hogging sunloungers with strategic early morning towel placement, the Germans have launched an offensive.
Germany’s biggest selling tabloid, Bild, went on a mission to a Brit-packed hotel in the Spanish resort of Lloret de Mar in Catalunya.
Two clandestine snapshots taken by the team of the beachside loungers show them to be empty at 7.36am, but by 9.21am every one has been claimed, yet there are no tourists to be seen.
But when the early birds returned to their bagged loungers, breakfasted and ready for a day by the pool, the German reporter lay in wait.
And the worst offenders were the Brits, according to the article entitled: ‘Photo evidence in the war of the towels. The English are the worst lounger squatters!’
But the paper only focuses on three British families, and doesn’t provide any details for the other ‘squatters’.
Car mechanic Darren, 43, from Exmouth, Devon, on holiday with daughters Elouise, nine, seven-year-old Daisy, and his Union Jack towel, told Bild: “I was in a queue at 8.50am. Without a reservation you don’t stand a chance. There are simply not enough places for everyone.”
When asked whether he thought Germans or Britons were the worst offenders, he said: “I don’t know. We often have exchange students staying from Germany. I find them very polite and friendly.”
Classic British stiff upper-lip as the long-running turf war rages around him.
A previous Bild article listed a number of holiday resorts to avoid, because of the number of Brits.
The top six ‘black spots’ listed are: the Bay of Palma in Mallorca; San Antonio in Ibiza; Playa de las Americas in Tenerife; Ayia Napa in Cyprus; Faliraki on the Greek island of Rhodes and Malia in Crete.
The article went on to poke fun at British cuisine, binge-drinking habits, fashion and sport, adding ‘athletically they are not up to much, they can’t even take penalties’.
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