Kotor, Dubrovnik destroyed tourism

• Kotor, Dubrovnik destroyed tourism

In Kotor and Dubrovnik large cruise ships regularly call at the port during the season, every day thousands of people go ashore to visit the tourist places.

Kotor, Dubrovnik destroyed tourism

"Pearl of the Adriatic ', Dubrovnik was one of the biggest tourist attractions in the Mediterranean. Its charming old town, many World Heritage sites by UNESCO and the largest port have always been a popular tourist destination, but thanks to the "Game of Thrones", much of which was filmed in the Croatian city, it has become particularly popular stopping point for cruise ships.

Kotor, Dubrovnik destroyed tourism

The small boats take passengers to the shore and they are usually sent to the old town. Space "Game of Thrones" and Europe's oldest pharmacy in the Franciscan monastery of the 14th century - are interested in the most.

Kotor, Dubrovnik destroyed tourism

The majority of passengers on cruise liners go on an excursion to the old town and other areas of Dubrovnik on the buses.

Kotor, Dubrovnik destroyed tourism

In the past year, about three million visitors descended into the old city, most of which are 400 cruise ships moored in the harbor. Tourists are detrimental to historical places, but since the livelihood of 80% of local residents are dependent on tourist traffic, no hurry to solve this problem.

Kotor, Dubrovnik destroyed tourism

Old Town Dubrovnik

Where once were bookstores, bakeries, butchers, hairdressers and markets gaudy souvenir shops and kiosks, and now cater for tourists. Boats themselves burn a lot of fuel, polluting the water, air and seriously impacting on the marine ecosystem.

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Time for a selfie with a view of the Old City of Dubrovnik

The inhabitants of the town is growing recognition that tourism has turned into excessive, prompting the mayor to tighten control: in the morning can moor only two ships, and the third - in the afternoon. In the following year to the bank will issue no more than 4000 visitors per day.

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Tourists and locals in which a public park looking at the ship Emerald Princess

Kotor, Dubrovnik destroyed tourism

In neighboring Montenegro, another small town is facing a similar problem. About two and a half hours along the coast in the tiny town which often are three huge ship moored in the port, each of which is an average of 12 hours. Who expected that in 2019 a total of 500 cruise ships brought more than half a million people. "Compare this with 2003, when there were only 50 ships and 50 000 people," - said Spring Machich of Kotor Institute of Marine Biology.

Kotor, Dubrovnik destroyed tourism

However, in a country where the average salary is about 453 euros a month, is not very keen to restrict the tourists who spend an average of about 40 euros per day. At least, in which the majority of local residents are resigned to the idea that the cruise liners are unlikely to go away.