Holiday rental prices have rocketed in Ibiza and locals are taking advantage with some wacky accommodation offers for desperate, not-so-well-off visitors, including bunk beds on a balcony for 50 euros a night.
Tourism chiefs have been stunned by the cheeky offers, which are appearing on sites such as Airbnb.
One apartment has been advertised as ‘turning into a mini hostel each summer’ and offers nine beds in all, with bunks squeezed into the tiny space and even on the balcony.
Bunk beds that have been places on a balcony in Ibiza and offered to tourists for 50 euros a night via www.diariodeibiza.es
The apartment has crammed its rooms with beds. Tourism chiefs have been stunned by some of the cheeky offers being made to visitors
The accommodation is offered at 25 euros a night per person but for July and August, the busiest and hottest months for the island, that price doubles to 50 euros.
The apartment is located in Platja d’en Bossa and has a security camera in the living room to control the tenants.
It also warns of a fine of 15 euros if any of the residents loses the key.
Island newspaper Diario de Ibiza says this is just the tip of the iceberg.
Locals have been complaining they cannot get long-term rentals and are being priced out of the market. The bunk beds above are advertised on Airbnb for 50 euros a night
Last summer, a thatched hut was reportedly rented for 21 euros a night, offering no bathroom but a bucket as a toilet.
Other offers currently on Airbnb for one single Saturday night in July for one person include a wigwam tent for 99 euros, a caravenette for 90 euros, 360 euros on a boat, 600 euros a night for a plush apartment in the centre of Ibiza and even a former shop turned into a ‘den’ without a shower.
Luxury villas run into thousands of euros.
Other strange rentals include wooden shacks where you have to walk to an outside toilet, greenhouses, make-shift shelters of wood and scrap and a storeroom described as ‘ideal for yoga and nature lovers’.
Wood you believe it? This shed on Ibiza is being advertised on Airbnb for 24 euros a night
Locals have been complaining that because people with any sort of property can rent them out to tourists for vast sums, they cannot get long-term rentals and are being priced out of the market.
One week’s rental in Ibiza is said to be the equivalent of a whole month in Lanzarote in the Canaries.
And hoteliers themselves admit that Ibiza is becoming known as an ‘expensive’ resort. This, they say, is likely to backfire. Europeans, they argue, will seek alternative destinations such as Egypt, Tunisia, Turkey and Croatia.
The Hotel Federation of Ibiza and Formentera says sales for July and August are below other years, due to competition from other destinations and the ‘fashionable’ image of the island.
From today, police are meeting with property owners to explain the new lettings rules, which require all registered homes to record every person who stays there.
A caravenette that is going for 90 euros on Airbnb on the island of Ibiza. Hoteliers themselves admit that Ibiza is becoming known as an ‘expensive’ resort
A citizens rights group that defends those affected by rents in Ibiza has already warned about the tourism rental situation, saying even local people are having to pay as much as 500 euros a month to sleep permanently on balconies.
It reports as many as 12 people sharing a small flat and rooms with three beds at 600 euros each a month.
The rate per square metre in Ibiza is said to be the most expensive in Spain.