Jun 30, 2020
Hotel beach bar in Bodrum, Turkey charges tourists £43 for kebabs and £65 to swim in sea – and local mayor blames Covid
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TOURISTS heading to Turkey might not find their holiday as cheap after all as beach resort prices soar amid the pandemic.
A hotel bear bar in Bodrum has been found charging 369 lira (£43) for a doner kebab and 550 lira (£65) to guests who want to swim in the sea.2Tourists in Turkey may see prices soar when they return on holiday
The tourist resort is popular with Brits who book cheap package holidays to Turkey, with low-price booze and hotels.
Turkey hopes to welcome Brits back this summer, as Turkish Airlines relaunches flights between London Gatwick and Antalya.
The country is also potentially an air bridge country which the UK will announce later this week to allow quarantine-free travel.
However, as once-popular resorts struggle, some have taken to charging the astronomical fees.
A receipt posted on social media shows the expensive kebabs, along with 61 lira (£7.40) for a small coffee.2Bodrum is popular with Brits hoping for cheap package holidaysCredit: Getty Images - Getty
Local media reports that some hotels with private beaches are charging customers up to 550 lira (£65) just for access to the sea to swim.
However, the mayor has defended the prices, saying he "doesn't care" if people want to pay high prices for food.
He said: "They can pay 100,000 lira if they want. But there are also places selling döner for 20 lira (£2.70) here.
"Businesses here are already taking a hit due to the COVID-19 pandemic. They can't make ends meet.
However, he did add: "Of course, that doesn't mean that they have to overcharge their customers.”Most read in News TravelHOLIDAYS AHEADCheap holidays to Spain, France & Greece in July ahead of air bridge plans
He also said that if Bodrum keeps offering lower prices, then guests which expect "higher quality" will choose Santorini or Ibiza instead.
Turkey is also introducing strict fines for anyone caught not wearing a mask.
Both nationals and tourists will face a 900 lira (£104) fine if they don't wear a face covering in public.What you can expect on holiday in Turkey as beaches ban smoking and enforce sunbathing 'compartments'
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Tourists in Majorca and Ibiza now have to wear face masks at all times in public – or risk 100 euro fine
The Balearic islands announced they were tightening the rules on the use of masks just hours after Catalonia revealed it was making them obligatory at virtually all times in public.3Face masks are commonplace in Spain now, and areas like Majorca, Ibiza and the Costa Brava are making them mandatory at all times in publicCredit: Getty Images - Getty
It has not yet been confirmed if they will be mandatory on the islands’ beaches.
Catalonia, which includes Barcelona and the Costa Brava, was expected to make sunseekers wear them even when they were topping up their tans, although yesterday it emerged the exceptions on their use extended to sunbathing.
The new rules on face masks have already kicked in in Catalonia and are expected to start applying in the Balearic Islands from Saturday.
People who flout the order to cover up their mouths and noses will be hit with a fine of 100 euros (£90).3People who flout the order to cover up their mouths and noses will be hit with a fine of 100 eurosCredit: AFP or licensors
Up until now, face masks in Spain have only been obligatory in closed public spaces like shops, as well as public spaces outdoors where social distancing of around five feet could not be guaranteed.
In Catalonia and the Balearic Islands, their use outdoors is becoming mandatory at all times.
The change means that tourists and locals will leave themselves open to fines if they go for a morning stroll along an empty stretch of beach or leave their spot on the sand to walk to a beach bar.
People practicing sport and children under six are being exempted.3It has not yet been confirmed if they will be mandatory on Ibiza, Majorca and Menorca's beachesCredit: Getty Images - Getty
Those who share the same roof will also continue to be allowed to take off their face masks to travel by car.
This means a British family who hire a rental vehicle will not face any action if they are stopped for not covering up their noses and mouths while they are on the road.
Police are expected to be advised to give foreign holidaymakers who may be unfamiliar with the new rules a warning before they start fining people.Most read in TravelTRAGIC FINDMissing girl, 10, found dead after leaving note saying ‘I can’t do it. Bye’SLAUGHTEREDGirl, 10, has throat slit and words carved into flesh as cousin, 14, arrestedDELIBERATE EXPOSUREGirl, 17, dies after mom took her to church’s ‘catch Covid’ partyBreakingglee star mysteryGlee's Naya Rivera ‘goes missing’ on lake with son, 4, asleep on boatOFF HIS BOXShock images show Johnny Depp passed out, cocaine lines & 'JD' stash tinExclusive'MADAM' MONITOREDGhislaine on suicide watch after swapping life of luxury for cramped cell
There has been no news yet on whether other Spanish regions including the Costa del Sol will follow suit in the next few days.
The rule changes in Catalonia and the Balearic Islands come on the back of mini-lockdowns caused by new Covid-19 outbreaks in La Marina north of Lugo in Galicia, and the Segria region of Lleida province near Barcelona.
The lockdowns, which have led to police closing down the regions to outsiders, have affected around 300,000 people.