Who are the biggest hoggers of sunbeds and loungers in Spain´s holiday resorts? Quiz your average Brit and the response is likely to be unequivocal, with the Germans widely regarded as the most avaricious space invaders when it comes to annexing additional lebensraum for their families by the pool side.
However now Germany´s leading tabloid newspaper Bild, has weighed into the fray, claiming that British tourists are in fact the main culprits!
The latest front in this annual ritual of the summer sunbed wars was opened by Bild in conjunction with the German tour operator, Urlaubstours. Who together monitored the towel reserving antics of various nationalities at a hotel in Lloret de Mar on Spain´s Costa Brava.
This highly scientific study examined the number of sun loungers reserved around the hotel pool by the traditional tactic of towel placement between the hours of 7.30am and 9.30am. According to Bild´s highly trained investigators, British holidaymakers were the worst culprits, far outnumbering the Germans! However in their defence British tourists when challenged refused to throw in the towel, claiming instead that they had no choice, as there simply weren´t enough sunbeds around the hotel pool to go round.
Much like The Sun newspaper in the UK, Bild delights in poking fun at their old enemies in Britain, offering resorting to war related themes and puns. The tabloid also recently suggesting that British tourists suffer from ´Prince Harry Syndrome´ – a ´condition´ that manifests itself in extreme and anti-social forms of behaviour such as nudity and drunkenness!
Indeed German tourists seem to be about as keen on the Brits as we are on them, with another recent survey there concluding that the bulk of UK holidaymakers are drunk, fat and covered in bad tattoos.
One way of course to avoid getting embroiled in this annual battle is to book your own villa with pool, so ensuring total privacy and obviating the need for such underhand tactics!