#flashback to summer days spent strolling around Barcelona’s gothic quarter 👣⛪️
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I visited Barcelona for the first time in 2013 and stayed for about 2 weeks. I had a brief stopover again in 2015. My third visit was in the summer of 2017, where I spent a week showing Derek around for his first time in the city. Each time I visited, I noticed there were more and more tourists.
Barcelona is alluring for many reasons - it’s location on the Mediterranean coast, tapas and sangria, amazing architecture, the nightlife scene, and so much more. But it’s popularity has also had some negative affects on the local residents that have made tourism in the city more controversial in recent years.
Did you know...?
• Barcelona is the 20th most-visited city in the world
• In 2012, an estimated 27 million tourists visited the city. That number rose to more than 34 million in 2016, an increase of over 25% in four years.
• In 2016 alone, rental prices in the city increased by 16.5%.
So should you skip a trip to Barcelona? Definitely not. But it’s always good to have a general understanding and awareness of the political climate of a place that you’re about to visit. No matter where you’re traveling, it’s important to keep in mind some basic principles of responsible tourism:
• Educate yourself on the issues
• Be familiar with local customs or taboos
• Shop smart and try to support local businesses
• If you’re traveling to a country that speaks a foreign language, learn a few key words & phrases to better communicate and interact with the local community
• As the saying goes: leave only footprints, take only photos!