Empty Barcelona rues its reliance on tourist trade

Loss of visitors from France and the UK is a severe blow to the city, writes Stephen Burgen


It’s late July on Barcelona’s La Rambla and there are no takers for the Mexican hats and Gaudí mouse mats for sale on street stalls, nor any business for a solitary selfie-stick hawker. The city’s famous boulevard is usually a heaving mass of humanity;...

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