Seville Plan To Charge Entry Fee For Tourists Visiting Iconic Square

Seville Plan To Charge Entry Fee For Tourists Visiting Iconic Square

Many renowned destinations have a love/hate relationship with tourists. 

Attracting a significant number of visitors to diverse attractions can positively impact local economies, yet it may also have adverse consequences.

The implementation of entrance fees for tourists visiting specific cultural attractions is an effective way to reduce overcrowding.

Holidaymakers visiting Seville will soon be charged to enter the historic Plaza de España under new plans to tackle overtourism in the southern Spanish city.

This iconic square is at risk of irreversible damage to its complex of tiled floors, tower facades, and bridges if uncontrolled mass tourism continues.

Seville sees an annual influx of over three million visitors, experiencing daily foot traffic in the thousands either wandering around on foot or taking a horse-drawn carriage ride.

Mayor of Seville, José Luis Sanz wrote on X/Twitter: “We are planning to close the Plaza de España and charge tourists to finance its conservation and guarantee its safety. In addition, we will create a craft workshop school.

Admission will remain free for residents registered in Seville and those born in the city.

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Most of the details including the exact charge and ticketing system are currently unclear.

Tourist Fees

Fees at tourist attractions are nothing new, but plenty more sites have begun charging over the last couple of years. 

Rome now charges €5 to visit the ancient Pantheon while Venice will begin a trial fee for entry to the historic island on some days this spring. There are now entrance fees for Mount Fuji in Tokyo and the Hagia Sophia in Istanbul.

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