Pictured: Mattresses on a balcony in Ibiza that ‘are being rented out to tourists’, with locals complaining that it’s a ‘chaotic’ situation
- The protest group Prou! shared a photo showing the balcony rentals
- At least three mattresses can be seen at the building in Ibiza Town
- Activists told local news that the tenants had been changing every few days
A photo has emerged of mattresses on balconies in Ibiza which are reportedly being rented out to tourists.
The image shows at least three mattresses on the terraces of a multi-storey tower block in Ibiza Town, with sheets and towels hung as makeshift privacy blinds.
It was posted to Facebook by a member of the protest group Prou!, which has been complaining that the open-air bedrooms are not only illegal, but are contributing to an atmosphere of ‘chaos’ on the island.
A photo has emerged of mattresses on balconies in Ibiza, which are reportedly being rented out to tourists
Prou! activists, along with a tenants union and another anti-tourism organisation called Eivissa Desperta, have sent a letter to the city council of Ibiza complaining about the mattresses.
The protesters told local new outlet Noudiari.es that one of the floors at the building, on Calle Catalunya, was ‘decorated like a hotel’ with tenants changing every few days.
Explaining the outrage, a member of Prou!, Virginia Ferrer, told MailOnline Travel: ‘Our people from Ibiza want to sleep in peace.
‘I’m not sure if people sleeping on the balconies are tourists or not. To be honest it doesn’t matter, it is illegal.
The activists are asking other residents to report similar cases they come across
‘Imagine people living on the roofs in London and so on. Would people accept it?’
The activists are now asking other residents to report similar cases they come across.
Safety is another concern.
There have been a string of deaths and injuries from British tourists falling from balconies in recent years.
One blog published from the neighbouring island of Majorca placed Brits as the worst for balcony falls.
This month it emerged that a double bed in a laundry room was being offered in Ibiza for £36 a night
But Island newspapers say earning extra income by renting out a corner of the house is becoming more common in Ibiza.
Last year it emerged that bunk beds had been placed on an outdoor terrace in Platja d’en Bossa in Ibiza and they had been appearing on sites such as Airbnb for €50 (£45.80).
And this month it emerged that a double bed in a laundry room was being offered for £36 a night.
The ‘bonkers’ offer of a tiny space next to a washing machine, doubling as a side table, was also spotted on Airbnb.
A spokesperson for Airbnb told MailOnline that none of these listings are active any more and that they always take action when such offers are made.