Barcelona sets new restrictions for tourists ahead of summer holidays

Hundreds of thousands of Brits head to Spain for the consistently stunning weather and there’s lots to do.

As Covid restrictions continue to be eased, the country is likely to be busy for the summer holiday season.

Spain welcomes tourism but it is trying to change its reputation as a top party location, the Daily Star reports. The country is trying to reduce tourism that makes everyday life more difficult for Spaniards.

This will see fines for drunken behaviour to dress codes that ban football strips at certain resorts and restaurants in Majorca, adds the Daily Record .

Barcelona is the latest area to set new rules that make tourism less disruptive to locals. According to a Sun report, Barcelona’s authorities have released new controls to minimise nuisance to the locals.

But the restrictions mostly affect guided tours which are common in the major city as a way to learn about the sights.

They say that the megaphones will no longer be allowed in the coastal city and so guides will need to use audio equipment or speak at a normal volume. Group leaders must plan walking routes that “minimise inconvenience”.

Tour groups must be limited to 30 people with this reduced to 15 in smaller areas and some attractions will only accept groups of three to eight guests at a time.

Tours must also follow a one way system and may only be conducted on a total of 24 streets and squares. Additionally, the tour guides have been urged to ask tourists to book in advance rather than touting for business in public.

They must also find “spacious locations” to stop rather than causing disruption.

This comes as Spanish officials sparked outrage by enforcing the new “six drinks a day” rule for all-inclusive holidays at some resorts.

This meant that Brits would need to pay extra for more drinks.

As well as this, 11 restaurants and resorts in the Playa de Palma area of Majorca banned tourists from wearing football shirts, novelty street vendor accessories and strapless tops from their grounds.

The new rule was implemented to reduce “drunken tourism” on the island.


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