7 angry European cities to avoid in the summer of 2019!
1. VeniceImagine a city of 55,000 residents has to cope up with the ever increasing pressure of hosting around 20 million visitors a year! Protests erupted in Venice eventually last year. Locals are now denouncing and despising tourists because of the severe environmental impact on the city. Exorbitant property prices and rentals, city choked with tourist buses and boats clogging the canals are among the key issues that have led to tourismphobia among Venice's citizens. The once hospitable locals nowadays complain that Venice is turning into a theme park for tourists.
2. MilanThe world's fashion capital, Milan is also not free from troubles. The Italian city is struggling to curb the anti-social behaviour of unruly tourists. The Milan city council has already put a ban on selfie sticks, food trucks, and littering. There is also a ban on glass bottles and fireworks. However, this is just the beginning of Milan's love-hate relationships with tourism. Locals are also demanding a curb on Airbnb activities.
3. RomeThe Italian capital of Rome is also tackling over tourism-related issues just like Milan. The local council of Rome has already placed a ban on a number of items and actions. There are stricter regulations on drinking on the streets of Rome at night. Tourists are now discouraged to use selfie sticks, paddling on public fountains, littering, bathing in public fountains, illegal street food sales, etc.
4. BarcelonaOne of the most loved cities in Europe, Barcelona is not free from the troubles of over tourism. The Catalan capital is witnessing several waves of anti-tourist protests. Some of it has even turned into worrying cases of vandalism when tyres of tourist buses were slashed and windows spray-painted with anti-tourism messages. Troubled and angry locals are now putting up banners with slogans - 'tourists, go home' and 'tourism kills'. Most of these issues are related to rising rent costs, listings of Airbnb properties and some neighbourhoods having more tourists than local residents.
Dubrovnik has achieved a lot of fame in recent times because of the HBO blockbuster TV show - Game of Thrones. However, with increasing reputation, it is also facing issues with over tourism. In order to placate the angry locals, the city council of Dubrovnik have made plans to regulate the number of tourists in the Old Town of Dubrovnik. The city council has also restricted the number of cruise ships entering the port from five a day to just two a day.