Barcelona is one of the most visited cities in the world. However, some residents are fed up with the number of tourists in spanish town.
In a bid to clamp down on nuisance to residents, Barcelona will introduce new controls on guided tours.
No more than 30 people will be allowed in a group in the main part of town.
Guides will be required to speak in low voices or use audio equipment and must plan routes that “minimize inconvenience”.
In smaller parts of town, such as Ciutat Vella, guided tours will be limited to just 15 people while some attractions will only allow three to eight people at a time.
Visits will have to go in one direction and only use a total of 24 streets and squares in the small area.
The council said tours must adhere to 18 best practices to ensure nuisance is kept to a minimum.
Visits should focus on improving the quality of the visitor experience and the internal and external image of the city.
They must also promote cohabitation between residents, businesses and tourists and take care of the city’s public space.
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Barcelona Council said the new rules had the backing of the Catalan government and guide associations.
A spokesperson said: “The aim is to improve the quality of the visitor experience and the internal and external image of the city.”
While many businesses in Barcelona depend on tourism, some locals are fed up with the number of tourists in the city.
People have complained that tourists congregate in the streets and are often drunk or loud.
The city has already announced its intention to crack down on cruise ships by introducing an additional tax for passengers.
Cruise passengers will likely be impacted by the new tour limits, as many guests like to join tours when they arrive in a city.
Barcelona has already introduced a tourist tax for visitors, but cruise passengers will soon have to pay more.
The proposed tax was designed to reduce pollution in the city as well as to control visitor numbers.
Additional reporting by Rita Sobot.
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