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Tourism Is Overwhelming Mallorca’s Infrastructure

Destination & Tourism | Janeen Christoff | July 07, 2016

Tourism Is Overwhelming Mallorca’s Infrastructure

PHOTO: Mallorca, Spain. (Photo courtesy of

Spain is experiencing a surge in tourism of late. Fears of terrorism are driving travelers away from rival destinations such as North Africa and Turkey and they are heading back to their old favorites in southern Europe. While this is good for the tourism industry in Spain overall, some locations such as Mallorca have become so popular that the number of visitors heading there way is overwhelming the tourism infrastructure, making holidays a nightmare for both the guests and the residents. 

French tourist Mathilde Boudet, who visited Mallorca and its neighboring island Menorca with her partner last month, told Expatica that she found access to a popular cove closed off by police. "We weren't expecting that," she said.

Locals are grumbling about the influx in visitors and their feelings are quite literally written on the walls. Graffiti on some of the walls in the capital of Mallorca, Palma, says “Tourist go home” and “tourism is destroying our city.” 
Not only are tourists visiting in increasing numbers, but they are changing the makeup of the island. Traditional shops are being replaced by scooter rental companies and real estate agencies. People are beginning to question if the strain on infrastructure, despite heavy tourist taxes and other measures, is too much for the area to bear. 
Read more on how Mallorca is managing the rising tide of tourism on Expatica.

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