By Tara Rippin • 25 September 2020 • 16:29
PRICES: Sunseekers have seen hike in the cost of bed hire. CREDIT: Twitter (file)
Sunseekers on the Costa del Sol claim they are staggered at the cost of hiring a beach sunbed for the day, suspecting prices are being hiked to try to recoup cash lost due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Euro Weekly News reader, David Preston, said he was “astonished” at the increase in the cost of hiring a sunbed on a beach in Marbella.
“I have recently returned from a few weeks in Marbella and must say I felt safer there than back here in the UK. While there, I was astonished at the price increase for the sunbeds on the beach now at €8,” he said.
“These are tough times and most people do not have that amount of money….two people at €16 a day times 14 days equals €224, which is probably close to the cost of the holiday and certainly a good number of decent meals out!
“Whoever came up with the new cost seriously needs to revisited the business model.”
Richard Wright, who lives in Fuengirola said he has been surprised at the rise in the price of sunbeds on most beaches, and
He told EWN: “We wanted to rent two beds in Fuengirola at around 3pm, for a couple of hours, and were asked for €10 each. I have seen prices as high as €14 in high-end places in Marbella.
“I appreciate you are playing for exclusivity, but I am still surprised that the costs have gone up, I was expecting the opposite.
“There just aren’t the people around, so they have to make their money somehow. They are obviously trying to recoup money lost over the summer.”
And it’s not just the price of sunbeds that has risen.
Brit sunseekers flocking to Spain in July, after the Government gave the initial greenlight for foreign holidays, reportedly found drink prices had been ‘upped to help bar owners pay for staff PPE’.
Some claimed bars charged up to €1 per table and sometimes €1 more per drink.
Andrew and Deborah Goding, a retired British police officer and business owner in their 50s, now expats in Mallorca, warned tourists about an unofficial ‘servicio’ Covid on social media: ‘Just to let all the idiots that are travelling to Spain that they will be hit with a covid tax on each round of drinks they purchase.”
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Tara Rippin is a reporter for Spain’s largest English-speaking newspaper, Euro Weekly News, and is responsible for the Costa Blanca region.
She has been in journalism for more than 20 years, having worked for local newspapers in the Midlands, UK, before relocating to Spain in 1990.
Since arriving, the mother-of-one has made her home on the Costa Blanca, while spending 18 months at the EWN head office in Fuengirola on the Costa del Sol.
She loves being part of a community that has a wonderful expat and Spanish mix, and strives to bring the latest and most relevant news to EWN’s loyal and valued readers.
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