Spanish activists put up fake signs to keep tourists off crowded beaches. The notices warn tourists of falling rocks or dangerous jellyfish. While others signal that the beaches are closed or the water is contaminated by sewage.

Tourists have also been targeted by a fake sign that claims it takes almost three hours to walk to a popular beach, which is actually just 90m away. The notices include a message to reassure locals that they are fake. One has the words “Beach closed” in English and displays a no swimming sign. But underneath a message tells Catalan speakers that the beach is open.

Credit: Caterva/Twitter

The campaign comes as tourists are queuing for sunbeds and parasols hours before pools open, forcing hotels to step in to curb the rush. It was reported that the fake warning signs were placed by the anti-capitalist group Caterva. They have previously criticised Rafael Nadal for owning a restaurant and tourism business on the Balearic island.

In a post on Twitter, the activist group wrote: “We carried out a denunciation action. With a bit of humour, we’ve put up a few posters that you can see in the photos.” In another social media post, they said: “If you want to use the images and print posters, just ask us and we will send them to you in good quality. Let’s continue the fight!”

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