Germans declare victory in sunbeds war as 400,000 hit Majorca while Brits wait
Wish you were Herr? The Germans have declared victory in the long-running war over sunbeds.
The country claimed it had won the battle for Europe’s sun loungers as coronavirus restrictions left Britons stranded at home.
One of Germany’s leading newspapers mocked UK citizens, who have been left largely unable to travel due to Government rules.
Bild said, “Brits envy our summer holidays” and taunted the UK as Germans sunned themselves in Majorca, Spain.
More than 400,000 landed on the Spanish island last month, compared with just 6,000 Britons.
It came after predictions by UK holidaymakers that they would have beaches in the Mediterranean to themselves this summer when the nation was far ahead in the Covid vaccine race.
It would have finally allowed Britons to get one over on the Germans – notorious for getting up at the crack of dawn and draping their towels over hotel loungers.
But in what Bild described as a “twist in the towel war”, it said the UK had squandered the lead.
Germany has already reopened travel to most of Europe.
They have been allowed to visit Majorca with no need to isolate on return since March, when it was still illegal for Britons to holiday abroad.
The infamous battle between tourists for the sun loungers has been around for decades.
A 1993, a Carling advert showed a Brit triumphing over a German rival by lobbing a Union flag from his balcony on to a lounger – to the tune of The Dam Busters.
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