Recently, Barcelona has become so a popular destination for foreigners, the city just can't handle the influx of tourists. It is increasingly difficult for the authorities to find a balance in order to provide maximum comfort for tourists, while not infringing on the interests of the local population and preserving the authenticity of the city. In the near future:
- a significant increase in the Barcelona tourist tax for “short-term” tourists – for those who are in Barcelona for 1 night (arrived in the morning, excursions, spent the night, left the city the next day);
- clear regulation of the pastime of tourist groups – clearly coordinate with the authorities the schedules and routes of excursions, accommodation in hotels where they will eat, reducing to a minimum the time of free movement around the city.
But if this is a short-term prospect, then Barcelona restaurateurs have already introduced a significant restriction on serving single tourists. Already today, not all restaurants in the capital of Catalonia can eat if you sit at a table alone. A single tourist may either not be served at all, or other clients may be seated at his table without asking the client's permission. So you can run into a problem while walking around the Spanish city, and you need to be prepared for this.