Mallorca (sometimes spelled Majorca) is an island that is an “autonomous region” of Spain – since 1983.
The capital is Palma. It’s a favorite destination for cruise ships in the Mediterranean.
Because of its history, many – I mean many – people have it on their list of places to visit. Unfortunately, too many are coming. Mallorca was hit with 10 million visitors last year. With over 1,000 flights to the island A DAY, most come via airplane. But cruises can bring 17,000 people a day!
Like Venice, Barcelona and Dubrovnik, Mallorca residents are seeing their quaint town turned into an “amusement” area. While ports love the revenue visitors bring, the quality of life is deteriorating for residents. Many cannot go to the bank or market without hordes of lookie-loos wandering around.
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Recently, protestors stood in the terminal of Palma de Mallorca International Airport, hoisting signs bearing slogans saying: “One Airline Every Minute is Not Sustainable.” Another read: “Tourism Kills the City!”
Protestors are running a “Summer of Action” to counter the flood of tourists.
My friends, there are just too many people on earth – nearly 8 billion. Favorable economies mean the middle class are able to travel. What we need to get used to is a deterioration of favorite places. How can you help? Don’t go. Well, that isn’t happening, so I say go NOW before it gets worse…..and it will.
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On this site we cater to speakers on cruise ships – and those who want to be one. We’ve blogged about the state of the ports that ships are stopping at. They unload tourists who partake of up to ten “excursions,” aka tours done by locals. Many of those destinations are getting tired of all the visitors.
You can add Montenegro to that list – along with Venice, Bacelona, Mallorca, Santorini and Dubrovnik.
The main town of Kotor is ripe with history and a charm found only in medieval times. It was sheltered from “invaders” by a wall that provided a strong defense. Today, that same wall needs to keep tourists out!
Can you believe that this World Heritage site has over 400 cruise ships arriving a year. 400! – most come during the summer and shoulder months. Like most destinations, things slow down during winter; thus the crunch is concentrated into just a few months.
About 90 souvenir stores now populate the village. With ships getting bigger and bigger, it will only get worse. These “cute” destinations fear when the mega-lines begin to arrive. Giant ships are a major source of concern. The Royal Caribbean’s Symphony of the Seas, holds 5,518 passengers. Yikes.
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