Canary Islands and Balearics consider tourist cap

The local governments of Spain’s Canary and Balearic Islands have revealed they are considering capping the number of tourists visiting the islands this summer, partly to protect the islands’ environments.

Paradise Cove, Ibiza.

Paradise Cove, Ibiza. Image by Ronald Saunders / CC BY-SA 2.0

Spain and its territories expects about 60 million tourists to flock to its towns and beaches this year; last year the Canary Islands alone - which includes Gran Canaria, Lanzarote and Tenerife - received 13 million visitors, while the Balearics - comprising Ibiza, Formentera, Mallorca and Menorca - saw 14 million tourist arrivals. Barcelona’s new mayor has already floated the idea of limiting the number of tourists by freezing new tourist accommodation licences temporarily as that city struggles to cope with an increase in tourist arrivals that has spiralled in the past decade. Read more:

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