Sex on the beach ‘is destroying protected sand dunes’: Swingers and couples are asked to stop romping on Ibiza nudist beach because they’re causing erosion
- White sands of ‘es Cavallet’ are being eroded by sexual liasons, campaigners say
- The beauty spot is well known with ‘cruisers’ for outdoor sex on the beach
- But geologists and biologists say they are causing irreparable damage
- The continual battering of the coast is ruining plants vital to the dunes’ shape
Swingers who meet on one of Ibiza’s most famous nudist beaches to enjoy casual sex are causing massive damage to the protected sand dunes, say furious environmentalists.
The white sand of ‘es Cavallet’ in Ibiza town is so beautiful that it has become a haunt for millions of tourists, among whom are swingers who meet for liaisons on a regular basis.
But now campaigners are blaming too much sex on the erosion of the famous but ‘delicate’ dunes, part of Ses Salines Natural Park.
The beauty spot is well-known for ‘cruising’, the practice of seeking out casual sex.
The nudist beach at es Cavallet is known for drawing swingers who partake in casual sex, but the continual battering of the coast is ruining the dunes
Geologists and biologists say the excessive sexual activity is causing damage which can’t be put right and claim unbridled passion has turned the zone into an ‘outdoor riding arena’, ‘degrading’ the landscape and a unique geological system.
Biologist Joan Carles Palerm has told Diario de Mallorca: ‘Free access like this is causing the break-up of the dunes and their structures.
‘The system that maintains them is very complex and any alteration, such as this continuous activity, fatally affects them.’
The sex is said to be disturbing fragile plants on the sand which are vital for the environment but are being uprooted.
Geologist Francesc Xisco Ruig told the Spanish paper that ‘compaction of the substrate’ – the layer of the sand in which the plants are rooted – causes them to wither and die.
Gaps are formed from the sand being bedded down and the dunes are exposed to the wind which causes them to dwindle.
The sand dunes owe their existence to the plants which hold their structure together, they also provide a habitat for highly specialised animals and insects.
Not only could the sand dunes be destroyed but if they disappear the beach will be exposed to the elements and faces being swept away by the wind and tides.
Geologists say people have been warned not to jump the fences but there is still a ‘non-stop frenzy’ of sex.
Websites promote es Cavallet as ‘an ideal place to walk naked and look for a lover’ among the sand dunes.
‘If you feel like it, you can walk through the dunes in search of of “adventures”,’ advises one Spanish sex website.
Dario de Mallorca says the protected areas of the beach are closed off with fencing but cruisers are jumping over them on a daily basis.
Es Cavallet apparently comes out top in a poll for preferred sexual locations, especially as the dunes offer protection from prying eyes.
Ibiza is well-known for its part scene (file photo) the world over, with the beach being advertised online as an ideal place to seek out casual encounters
Scientists say an information campaign was tried several years ago but visitors ignored the advice and even became aggressive.
Patrols are being ruled out because unless they can be done on a daily basis, cruisers go away one day but return the next.
They also say Ibiza is not alone in this problem as there are many other beaches in Spain, including in Mallorca and Menorca, which are haunts for cruisers that are also being eroded.