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This Spanish village is overrun with tourists (Picture: Getty Images)

A coastal village in Spain that’s growing in popularity may soon stop tourists from visiting.

Travellers who document their awe-inspiring trips on social media are obsessed with the ‘underrated’ and ‘stunning’ village of Binibeca Vell in Menorca – so much so, it’s had a big boom in interest and visitors in recent years.

The picturesque Spanish settlement currently has 800,000 visitors annually, mostly between the warmer months between May and October, but this year that figure is set to rise to 1 million. 

As a result of the sudden influx, local officials are now planning to put an end to tourism there.

So, why exactly is it so popular?

Although the village may not be as well known as the Greek island of Santorini, it still has thousands of tourists and lots of similarities – including its pretty white-washed buildings, stunning beaches and quaint harbours.

A coastal view of Son Bou, Menorca (Picture: Getty Images/Westend61)

Videos on TikTok filmed in the streets of Binibeca Vell have amassed hundreds of likes each. One of the app’s users named Laura (@loverboards) called it ‘one of the most underrated places to visit’, while commenter Victoria gushed: ‘So so underrated. It’s stunning there.’

The houses are painted white, the lanes are small and you can gawk at the sea views while treating yourself to some cava and local cuisine at the bars and restaurants. It’s not hard to see why travel vloggers have fallen in love with the place.

As visitors walk through the cobblestone streets to take selfies and videos for their social media feeds, residents have long complained about the noise and disturbance this generates – and who can blame them if they’re trying to enjoy a little afternoon siesta?

Measures to tackle the disturbance caused by visitors began last year and include a scheme where locals were offered €15,000 (just over £12,800) to help clean up the litter left by tourists. 

The village of Binibeca Vell is on the south east coast of Menorca (Credits: Getty Images)

As the town braces for its biggest wave of tourists yet, visitors are now only permitted to visit between 11am and 8pm.

One resident told the news website ElDiario.es last month how tourists ‘went into homes, they sat on chairs’. She also complained: ‘hey take things, climb on our walls, they have outdoor drinking parties’. 

A stern reminder on the village’s website tells tourists that the village, ‘is a private property condominium’. 

Binibeca Vell is a Spanish village along the south-east coast of Menorca (Picture: Metro.co.uk)

Óscar Monge, the head of the group representing Binibeca Vell’s 195 property owners, acknowledged that the possible ban would likely harm the people whose hotels, bars and souvenir shops depend on local tourism. 

Describing the closure as a last resort, he told The Guardian: ‘Of course it’s a difficult decision but we’re being pushed into it.’

The travel destinations that are limiting tourists

Binibeca Vell isn’t the only place looking to thwart its influx of tourists. Venice introduced a tax for day trippers, as the sinking city has an estimated 30 million tourists each year, but only 3.2 million stay overnight.

All of the extra foot traffic leads to noise pollution and commotion in the area, which locals have to deal with throughout the summer.

If you’re heading to Venice’s old city for the day, expect to pay €5 (£4.30) to enter. 

Lake Como is also considering a tourist fee due to over-tourism, which would only be levied during public holidays and at the weekend. 

‘We are already discussing the idea [of a tourist tax]. Revolutions begin with concrete measures and we are ready for this long journey,’ Alessandro told The Times

‘[It’s] difficult to be mayor when you are fighting tourism.’

The majority of visitors may be well behaved, but there are also some who are more unruly and countries even beyond Europe have had enough.

Bali has also taken action against unruly tourists (Pictures: Getty Images)

In February, the Indonesian island of Bali ushered in a new levy aimed at protecting the local culture and environment. Bali is renowned for its gorgeous beaches, looming volcanoes, wildlife, nature trails and sacred temples.

Almost 4.8 million tourists visited Bali between January and November last year, according to Bali’s Central Bureau of Statistics. But now will have to pay the fee once online, either before or during their Bali visit. Domestic Indonesian visitors heading to Bali are exempt from the tax, which is 150,000 IDR (around £7.40).

Misbehaving tourists in recent years have angered locals. In May last year, three tourists from Russia were arrested by immigration officers after they were caught dancing at the sacred Pengubengan Temple in east Bali. 

Officials in Japan have taken a more unique approach. A spot in the town of Fujikawaguchiko, outside a Lawson convenience store, has become an immensely popular photo op for snapping a particular shot of Mount Fuji behind it.

Visitors are also gathering on a stretch of pavement next to the Lawson shop and rowdy holidaymakers are leaving litter behind and are said to be ignoring traffic regulations.

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