SPAIN’S idyllic beaches, bold architecture, vibrant
And we are at the centre of it.
Many Spaniards are growing frustrated by armies of tourists taking over town centres, disrupting the lives of locals and putting a strain on resources.
In 2016, some 75.3 million people visited the European country. That grossly outnumbers the country’s actual residents, of which there are about 46 million.
In fact, Spain has broken its own tourist number records each year for the past four years and currently holds the title of the world’s third most popular tourist destination, according to the UN’s World Tourism Organisation.
And while tourism represents some 11 per cent of Spain’s 1.2 trillion euro ($1.8 trillion) gross domestic product, an