We all know that Spain for the Brits has long been the most popular vacation hotspot but with the occurring trouble has left a lot of doubts and concerned for their safety.
The Catalan independence movement which seeks the independence of Catalonia from Spain, on October 1 held a referendum on the issue of becoming an independent state which lead to violence descending on Barcelona.
Before the referendum date the Spanish government sent squad of military police from various part of Spanish base to Barcelona to keep the peace but unfortunately violence broke and the Spanish military police attacked voters with batons and rubber bullets causing physical damages to more that 700 people.
Violence started again on Monday as 350,00 protesters stormed on Barcelona for an anti-Catalonia independence protest.
Canary Island Tsunami Warning
At Canarias Island, the weather is not that favorable adding woes to travelers. A sudden widespread fear broke out that Canarias Island volcano could blow and send a monster tsunami cascading over Spain.
Experts are calculating the probability of a huge volcano eruption after 40 earthquakes in 48 hours.
According to some scientists, they say if it explode it will collapse into the sea therefore causing a mile-high tidal wave over Spain.
Experts went ahead foretelling the tsunami would strike Spain’s south and west as well as Portugal, causing the British holidaymakers and other tourist to think twice.
Meanwhile at the foreign Office website there are currently no warnings against traveling to Barcelona or Spain.
Stated on the website: “Due to the referendum, demonstrations have taken place in Barcelona and other areas of the Catalonia region and may continue for some days.”
Occurrence could be little or with no alert and even demonstrations aimed to be peaceful can go out of hand sometimes and turn confrontational. I suggest being calm and exercise caution if you find yourself around the vicinity.
You should have in mind that demonstrations like this could also cause some disruption and delays to public transport and other services being close. This may also cause strike action which can affect local business services over the immediate period.
Reading through the foreign Office website, it claim “Majority of the visits to Spain are trouble-free”, but advise tourists to keep eye out for thieves.
Travelers should take advantage on the booking of cheap hotels now and also cheap flight tickets to Barcelona as experts believe that the prices are going down due to some tourists struggle to grasp the risk.
The president of the Barcelona Association of Tourist Apartments Enrique Alcantara told the Telegraph that “It’s not looking great.”
Enrique Alcantara is not the only one at the corner. Big shots like La Caixa bank, Sabadell bank, Gas Natural and some foreign investors are thinking of moving headquarters to cities like Valencia, Madrid saying they are doing so to protect customers right.
Recent events are already affecting the tourist industry claimed Perico Cortes of the En Compania de Lobos restaurant group.
At the moment that Barcelona is suffering potential drop in tourists, other parts of Spain are looking for a way to slash the amount of British travelers.
A shocking research revealed two out of three residents of Balearic islands Mallorca, Menorca and Ibiza believe Brit tourist numbers should be reduced. You can spot some anti-tourist graffiti in Mallorca the capital city of Palma.
You would find sayings such as “Tourists go home” some others would say “Tourists you are the terrorist” as you can see on the above photo, but some part of Barcelona protested against it.
The hateful message arose after local authorities rolled out a list of 64 banned activities for vacationers including nudity, drinking alcohol and vomiting in public places and most of all climbing trees when drunk.
Till date over 12 million British nationals travel to visit Spain yearly. In spite of the Brexit vote causing the pound to euro exchange to dip, there is a record of British tourists that visited last year.
Spanish economists had feared that tourism would drop after sterling’s fall in value. Tourism accounts for 11% of the country’s economic output.
Carles Puigdemont the leader of Catalan has currently put declaration of independence on hold to allow time for negotiation.
But is Barcelona and the rest of Spain still safe for British and other tourists?
I’ve being living in Spain for these wonderful years and I would say it has become a home for me and I feel safe under her roof. If you feel Barcelona is not the place for your vacation at the moment then you could try Cadiz with beautiful beach and yes the weather is still great to hop in the beach, that’s Spain for you! or check out the 20 amazing things you can do in Madrid I’m sure we have plenty of things to inspire that vacation.
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