Shock map as tourists are no longer welcome at these European holiday destinations.
HOLIDAYS to Europe have been marred by a crackdown on visitors, from tough new fines and bans to anti-tourism protests in popular destinations for holidaymakers. Here’s a map of where tourists are no longer welcome.
Europe has long offered Britons a bevy of choice when it comes to holiday destinations.
But the British love affair with European holidays might finally have had its day.
Many popular destinations have cracked down on tourism this year, as visitor numbers spiral out of control.
Most concerning is a recent spate of demonstrations across Spain as locals campaign against tourism.
Riots have spread through Majorca’s capital Palma, Barcelona and Bilbao.
There are fears protests are gathering momentum across the continent, with locals fed up in Italy and Croatia too.
Dubrovnik’s biggest problem is the influx of tourists from cruise ships, which have thousands entering the city at a time.
It has become such a problem that the mayor recently announced the use of cameras in the city to monitor the number of tourists entering to ensure they can keep a safe limit on it.
Ivona Grgan, Director, Croatian National Tourist Office, UK & Ireland said: “Croatia welcomes all tourists, while we expect them to be respectful of the local laws, by-laws and other policies. There are various measures introduced to preserve a high-quality tourism and protect the charm of a destination.
“Dubrovnik drastically cut the number of visitors allowed into its historical town centre. They are already considering going beyond UNESCO’s recommendation of permitting 8000 people per day inside the medieval walls, instead dropping it to just 4000.”
Messages graffitied on the walls of Barcelona read “Tourism kills” and “Tourists go home, you are not welcome”.
Spain’s prime minister has condemned the campaigns, insisting tourists are still welcome throughout the nation.
Mariano Rajoy said: “I never thought I would have to defend tourism, this is unbelievable.
“I don’t know if we have to receive tourists with placards saying welcome Mr Tourist, but what we can’t do is kick those people who come here to spend money. That seems to me to be crazy.”
The Minister of Tourism in Spain, Alfredo Retortillo, has blasted the anti-tourism action as “hostile and xenophobic”.
The Greek island of Corfu is the latest to join the fight against holidaymakers.
Locals have demanded the government clamp down on British holidaymakers, who they say are turning the island into a “dirty paradise”.
In other destinations, authorities have already begun to make changes to stem the overwhelming flow of visitors.
Venice has introduced fines for tourists who picnic in public areas or wear swimsuits for sightseeing.
Littering, loitering on bridges and jumping in the canals will also attract fines, all ranging between €25 (£22) and €500 (£445).
In Rome, the increasing tourist presence has led the mayor to ban drinking alcohol on the streets at night, while supermarkets cannot sell alcohol after 10pm and bars must stop serving indoors after 2am.
In Milan, selfie sticks, glass bottles and food trucks have all been banned as authorities try to curb littering and anti-social behaviour.
Barcelona has introduced a ban on new hotels and the Balearic Islands – including Majorca and Ibiza – are clamping down on holiday rentals like Airbnb.
Magaluf and Hvar are fed up with boozy Britons, with tough new laws to prove it.
Tourists on the Magaluf party strip can now be fined between €100-599 for climbing trees, shining lasers and using soap in public showers.
The tiny Croatian island of Hvar has followed suit, introducing penalties of up to €700 for public drinking, wearing a swimsuit and being shirtless.
Rikardo Novak, Mayor of Hvar, said: “The measures we introduced aim to inform the entire tourist market about what Hvar is all about. We certainly cannot tolerate any disrespect towards Hvar’s local community, as well as our customs, tradition and heritage.
“The measures are designed to protect our guests, interested in discovering our indigenous cultural and natural beauty.
“Anybody endangering harmony and high-quality stay on the island, will be given a warning, and only sanctioned if not respecting it.”
The UK’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) has not updated its travel advice for British holidaymakers in lieu of anti-tourism activity in Europe, but it has confirmed it is monitoring the situation.
A spokesperson added: “We are also in contact with the local authorities.
“There is no specific update to our travel guidance but we keep it under constant review.”
The FCO’s advice for Spain says: “Over 12 million British nationals visit Spain every year. Most visits are trouble-free.” – Express
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