The Germans have mocked the Brits for bagging sun loungers this summer after decades of being the butt of our jokes for running to drop off their towels to secure the prime poolside spot.
Lounger wars on the Costa del Sol, Benidorm and other tourist hotspots continue unabated this summer, forcing some hotels to introduce parking ticket-like systems and security guards to control the frenzy.
The British and Germans have long clashed over who is to blame for the annual havoc as tourists flock to popular seaside resorts for the summer holidays to enjoy some much-needed sunshine.
But the Germans turned the tables when one publication slammed the British’s behavior as “disgraceful”, while another criticized UK tourists for moving into hotels that ban towels on sun loungers and lined them up outside the doors of the pool.
The German website Focus Online said those responsible were mainly “older or middle-aged British tourists”.
‘Vacationers like to reserve loungers by the pool or on the beach with their towels. Some hotels then closed their doors to the outside overnight,” the article says.
Hilarious footage captures the moment tourists get blown as they rush to collect their sunbeds for the day.
A German publication condemned the British for getting around hotels that ban towels on sun loungers by lining them up outside the pool doors. This photo was taken in a hotel in Camp de Mar, Majorca
“However, that doesn’t seem to stop British tourists as they have now found another way to get their favorite divan.”
Bild, Germany’s most widely read newspaper, has also published an article headlined “Battle for sofas intensifies” referring to a video of British tourists milling about on sun loungers.
The outlet criticized the British for a “shameful sun lounger and towel race” in Tenerife, where locals were caught setting up their sun loungers in the middle of the night to beat off the swarm of tourists.
With the sun lounger war between Germany and Britain showing no sign of stopping, another German newspaper, Merkur, said the fight for sun loungers this year was turning into a battle with “grotesque characteristics”.
It is not the first time that the Germans provoke the rivalry of the sun loungers.
In 2018, Bild led a counterattack on Thomas Cook sun loungers, declaring that ‘zis means war’ when it emerged that the Germans can also use the same reservation system as the British to snag the best spots.
At the time, Thomas Cook announced that it was launching a new service for UK customers that would allow them to choose and reserve their sunbeds up to six days in advance.
However, when news broke that German tourists could also participate, Bild editor Tanit Koch took to Twitter, cheekily writing, “Zis means war,” accompanied by a gun and umbrella emoji.
The newspaper also carried a story on the sun lounger reservation service with the headline “England plans a new offensive: a new miracle weapon in the towel war.”
People queue for sun loungers at the Hotel Estival Torrequebrada, near Malaga. Many brought chairs and a good book as they waited for nearly two hours before the beach and pool opened.
Holidaymakers on the Costa del Sol have been seen competing with each other to nab poolside loungers the moment the gates open.
Families have been seen gathering at the entrance of the pool facility to secure beds for the day.
Temperatures soar as dozens of people line up to sunbathe at the Estival Torrequebrada on the beach in Benalmádena, Costa del Sol.
Almost 38.5 million tourists visited Spain in the first six months of this year, and these were predominantly British, German and French travelers.
Sunbed war season is really on and now it’s taken an even uglier turn when two Brits were accused of tipping a Spanish tourist from her sun lounger when she took her spot by a hotel pool. .
The British men, aged between 60 and 30, allegedly pushed the mother-of-two and shoved her daughters in a row onto sun loungers.
The Spanish family, who were staying in Fuerteventura, say they were “scared” and plan to press charges against the British.
In Benidorm, a British mother was left in tears after tourists “swarmed like ants” to claim sun loungers and forced her family to sit under a water slide on the first day of their holiday.
Cayleigh Tuffs, who is on holiday with her husband Andrew and eight-year-old daughter Charley, described the rush for beds as “horrendous” and vowed never to return to the Spanish tourist destination.
Holidaymakers queuing at the Parasol Garden Hotel on the Costa del Sol as they wait for the whistle to blow to announce the daily fight for sunbeds
Cayleigh Tuffs, pictured with her husband Andrew and eight-year-old daughter Charley, said she was close to tears.
As hammock warfare season grips the continent, the locals have had to take matters into their own hands.
In Benidorm, residents were seen erecting sunshades in the dark facing the ocean, while Greek coastal crusaders have declared a sunbed war on British tourist hotspots, pledging to fight “abusive occupation” of the beaches.
The so-called ‘Towel Movement’ was created on Paros by jaded residents, tired of not being able to find a free space on the beaches due to aggressive sunbed companies.
They argue that illegal operators have been flushing out tourists, who are overpaying to secure a spot, and leaving locals nowhere to go.