The resorts of Magaluf, Palmanova and Santa Ponça on the southwest coast of Mallorca are among the island’s most popular destinations. By May, they are usually heaving with a mix of young families, pensioners and stag and hen parties – all availing of cheaper low season prices and temperatures in the high 20s and even low 30s.
To give an idea of the numbers involved, in May of 2019, 1.8m tourists visited the island – out of a total 16.5 for the year – and there was a hotel occupancy of 62.2%. Yet this May, because of Covid-19, the island is virtually cut off from the rest of the world and no tourists have arrived since early March.
These images show hotel balconies that in other years would have been a sea of towels, pools that would have been full of holidaymakers and restaurant terraces that would have been packed with drinkers and diners. The streets are empty, the beaches are almost deserted and the children’s play areas sealed off. Some businesses haven’t even bothered to open.