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Barcelona is facing a drought this summer (Picture: Getty Images)

Can’t wait spend your summer holiday lounging in a pool? If you’re travelling to Spain this year, you might need to reconsider.

The Catalan region – which includes Barcelona – is currently facing drought, and local authorities are introducing extra measures to save water.

In Barcelona, beach showers are being shut off and swimming pools left empty as signs reading ‘Drought alert. During your stay, save water’ signs have appeared around the city.

As such, local residents are now restricted to 200 litres of water per day – the average 10-minute shower uses around 150 litres.

And while authorities were initially hesitant to introduce measures impacting tourists, hotels are now also expected to follow the rules too, meaning swimming pools can’t be topped up, or refilled.

Water reserves have fallen below 16% in Catalonia (Picture: Getty Images)

However, some hotels have found a workaround, by topping up their pools with salt water, which is still allowed.

In some areas across the region, there’s been no rain at all for the last three years, rendering it the worst drought in modern history.

The situation is so severe, that in February, the Catalan government announced a state of emergency as water reserves have fallen below 16%.

And, officials haven’t ruled out even harsher measures if needed.

Head of water for Greenpeace Spain, Julio Barea, told Spanish news channel RTVE that the rules ‘are going to have to be much more restrictive if it doesn’t end up raining’.

She added there could be ‘water cuts in Barcelona, which would be a tragedy’.



Best things to do in Barcelona

  • Interested in architecture? Marvel at La Sagrada Familia, Park Güell or Casa Batlló, all designed by the famous Antoni Gaudí
  • Learn about art history at the Picasso Museum
  • Stroll around Ciutadella Park
  • Enjoy an evening drink in the Gothic Quarter
  • Reach new heights at Montjuïc.

Elsewhere in Andalucia in southern Spain, which is also facing a drought, the local government is considering introducing water metres to hotel rooms and replacing bathtubs with showers.

Unfortunately, that’s not the only travel warning tourists hitting Spain have been warned about.

Numerous Spanish destinations are amongst the European hotspots increasing dramatically in price.

The biggest hike seen is for return flights from the UK to Menorca – where average flight prices have shot up from £178 in 2020 to £291 now (a staggering 63% rise).

According to findings by The Mirror, along with flight comparison website Hopper, trips to Barcelona have also been hiked by around 30%, rising from £143 to £187.

More than 12 million people visited Barcelona in 2023 (Picture: Getty Images)

Spain on the whole has seen some big price increases, with the likes of Malaga in third place rising 28% to £246 from £129. Ibiza Town is also in the top ten, after increasing 17% from £182 to £213.

Meanwhile, a travel warning has also been issued for those planning to stay with family or friends and friends who are lucky enough to live in Spain.

It turns out, if you don’t sort out the right paperwork, you could be fined a whopping £8,000.

Without a letter of invitation, those staying with friends, rather than in a hotel or rented apartment, could face a hefty fine.

So, before you jet-set off this summer, make sure you do your research and plan ahead.

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