Barcelona: Protests against mass tourism

Barcelona: Protests against mass tourism

Barcelona, ​​Spain – Tensions between residents and tourists in Barcelona reached boiling point this weekend. Protests against mass tourism saw hotel and restaurant entrances blocked in Barceloneta, with calls for an immediate reduction in visitor numbers.

Reasons for discontent

Residents blame the influx of tourists for the rising cost of living, crowded public spaces and a loss of local identity. Rent prices have skyrocketed, forcing many residents to abandon their neighborhoods.

Measures to address the problem

Barcelona Mayor Jaume Collboni has announced that Airbnb-style short-term rentals will be banned by 2028, potentially freeing up 10,000 apartments for long-term rentals.

Change of feeling

While most residents still see tourism as economically beneficial, many are now concerned about visitor numbers. A study by Barcelona City Council found that half of respondents avoid specific areas because of crowds.