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Groups of tourists want to limit themselves to 25 people also in Hondarribia

  • The group of tourists Abotsanitz, mayor of the city, presents a motion on the "impossibility of going through the streets", on the occasion that the Hondarribiarras "suffer the consequences of this whole tourist mass": "The city model sought by the authorities in recent years is overflowing."
"Azken asteetan, nagusiki Alde Zaharra eta Portua auzoetan ikusi ditugu berrogeitik gorako turista-taldeak, noraezean egongo balira bezala". Argazkia: Guiarepsol

25 June 2024 - 07:35
Zarata mediatikoz beteriko garai nahasiotan, merkatu logiketatik urrun eta irakurleengandik gertu dagoen kazetaritza beharrezkoa dela uste baduzu, ARGIA bultzatzera animatu nahi zaitugu. Geroz eta gehiago gara, jarrai dezagun txikitik eragiten.

In Donostia-San Sebastian, from last April to 25 people have reduced the maximum number of people per group of tourists, and now they want to follow the same path in Hondarribia. Abotsanitz denounces that the coastal locality has “questioned the citizen coexistence as it is sold as a nice demand, as a nice product for the foreigners”, and that it has as its objective a model of city based on a decent and pleasant quality of life.

“In recent weeks we have visited mainly the neighborhoods of the Casco Viejo and Puerto, as if they were adrift, groups of tourists over forty years old.” As a result, the party criticizes that the overcrowding makes it difficult to walk the street and that the neighbors also have difficulty accessing the portal.

Since the tourist groups were limited to 25 in San Sebastian, the large groups have had to change their destination “and many of them, unfortunately, have looked at our country”, added the central aspect of Hondarribia, so it proposes to create a public space ordinance and establish the same limitation in Hondarribia.

Souvenir shops and menus in English

In fact, Deputy Mayor Josu Peña recently appeared on a Spanish television channel talking about the issue. It indicates that the old town, which used to have bars and quarries, has become a shopping street full of people, full of souvenir shops and menus in English. It also denounces that the price of housing has skyrocketed. "Hondarribia has always been a tourist village, but over the past two years it has been massively overcrowded, especially on weekends, the town is full and collapses," he says.


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