Spain’s ‘Mykonos’ can’t stand tourists ‘breaking into houses and taking things’, so announces new measures

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The town of Binibeca Vell, known as the “Mykonos of Menorca” because of its Greek-style white buildings, wants to introduce new activities to tourists planning to visit the town. Photo: Profimedia Images

The town of Binibeca Vell, known as the “Mykonos of Menorca” because of its Greek-style white buildings, wants to introduce new activities to tourists planning to visit the town. The influx of tourists and the damage they are causing to the city has led a group of locals to adopt plans to move into the city.

1000 people live in the town of Pinipega and they complain more and more about the behavior of tourists. Tourists visit the city for its beautiful scenery, white houses, narrow alleys and labyrinthine staircases. Euronews.

A replica of an authentic fishing village from the 1960s, the town attracts 800,000 tourists annually. For locals, this means noise, inappropriate behavior and street littering. “Tourists enter houses, sit on chairs, take things with them, hold outdoor parties. If no measures are taken, this will happen every summer,” a local resident told ElDiario.es.

The organization, which represents the city’s 195 property owners, doesn’t entirely blame tourists. Instead, its representatives see it as the authorities’ fault for failing to impose measures to ensure the well-being of local residents.

Thus, the organization took arbitrary action and imposed a city travel schedule. Since early May, it has asked people to visit the city only between 11:00 am and 8:00 pm. Also, part of the measures refers to restricting tourists from entering houses and “climbing onto balconies”.

Pinibega announces that if this behavior of tourists continues, it can close the tourist attraction permanently. Owners association president Oscar Monge said locals are set to vote in August on whether or not to permanently close the town to tourists.

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The Council of Menorca and the Council of Sant Luis have said they allocate more than €25,000 annually to maintain the houses and ensure a beautiful landscape in the town.

Oscar Monge said: “We have had private urbanization for 52 years, but we are not able to enjoy our holidays because we suffer for their mistakes, because we are the most popular tourist destination in Menorca.” He asked: “Pinibeka is being promoted by travel agencies, but what does this do for us?”

Author: Christina Sava

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