The exodus of the first weekend without restrictions: "We already wanted the sun and beer on the beach"

The availability of people from Madrid to the beaches of Alicante has been an easily verifiable fact since this Friday, when many brought forward the festival of San Isidro to head for the coast.

What during the state of alarm was a constant temptation to escape to second homes or to enjoy the sea has turned this weekend into total freedom translated into a large influx of visitors.

Crowded beaches, full restaurants, hotels in operation and traffic jams are the rage in Alicante. The recovery of mobility, which at the moment is limited only to the national market, has also led to the resurrection of travel and tourism. Benidorm, Xbia, Dnia and San Juan beach are the main scenarios of this first approach to normality.

“We already wanted the sun and beer on the beach,” says Sergio, who rushes a third with his family in one of the restaurants on the first line of the San Juan beach.

On the walk along the beach was a river of people with masks, summer clothes and hats. Mara, a regular on the beach of San Juan and a resident of Albacete, missed these trips.

“We come every year for some weekends, long weekends and part of the holidays. During this time, a neighbor has been taking care of the apartment. We have found it well but it has been a long time so we have taken a few days and go to stay all week. “

“I like the beach and the climate of Alicante and during these months I have missed it but in reality we were worried about our house because it has been closed for a long time. We want to come and take a walk, explains Conchi, owner of an apartment in the same area.

The San Juan beach, El Postiguet beach -located in the city of Alicante- and El Campello beach concentrate the bulk of visitors and the influx has not only been noticed on the maritime walks but also on the access roads, which have presented heavy traffic congestion.

“We needed this movement. They have been very hard months and seeing everything up to the top encourages us,” says Paco, a waiter at a place on the beach in El Postiguet. “It seems incredible to us that there is a queue to sit at a table,” he continues.

In Benidorm, the main regional employer expects an average occupation of 60.7% this weekend. Madrileos, Castilian-Manchegos and Aragonese are the main tourists in a municipality where, despite the fact that many hotels have hung up the entire poster, they are still far from the usual figures at this time of year.

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