Spain is one of the most visited (breaking its own records from year to year) countries in the whole world and tourism has a major role in the blooming of the Spanish economy. Sadly tourism is not only known for its upsides but it has its downs as well. Overtourism is a problem ever since the 1970s as a result of the affordability of global travelling and the growth of the travel-thirsty middle class. Nowadays, with the spreading of the different social media platforms, tourism became one of the most fashionable things to do and to share.
As a matter of fact overtourism can ruin the everyday life of locals, in Barcelona or in Madrid the once historic buildings have been turned into chain restaurants and cheap souvenir shops and the homes of the locals turned into tourist accommodations. Since in the overtouristic cities the prices are often very high not only in the shops and restaurants but to rent homes as well, locals are often unable to afford living in such areas. Another negative effect of unsustainable tourism is that overtouristic places are often very loud and often covered in litter.