Barcelona holds a special place in my heart since it was the first city in Europe I visited. After that trip, I couldn’t wait to travel and see more of the world.
The city is a great place to visit due to great food, and sites like Park Guell, Las Ramblas, Sagrada Familia and various other works of Antoni Gaudi.
While Barcelona is great for tourists and tourists bring in lots of money, they are also causing lots of trouble for the city.
The New York Post writes that, “Barcelona locals are fed up with the disruption that tourists are bringing to the city – in the form of urine-soaked streets, fighting and drug use.”
The problem has gotten so bad, that locals are supposedly moving away from some neighborhoods.
Tourists are getting wasted and passing out in the streets. Manel Martinez, vice-president of the Barceloneta Neighbour’s Association wonders, “Do you do this in your own country? We don’t understand how people end up in this state.”
The Post also mentions how tourists rent out apartments which are then used for parties, causing more trouble for locals.
Various drug issues are also being blamed on tourists like finding drug paraphernalia at local playgrounds.
Tourism might be causing some problems for Barcelona, but it sounds like some of these issues might be caused by locals looking to capitalize on tourism too.
Find out more from the New York Post here.