Friday, 7 March 2008

Barcelona’s reputation turns tame

Barcelona City Council's campaign to shed its budget holiday appeal is
starting to have an effect on the international perception of the city
as a "wild" destination for stag and hen parties. In a self-styled
"hell-raising" scale that appeared in a recent issue of the UK's
Independent, Barcelona received a low rating. The article attributed
the drop in its hell-raising status to the 2005 introduction of the
civisme policy, "a raft of measures to clamp down on drunken groups,
with heavy on-the-spot fines for antisocial behaviour and a ban on
drinking in the street." (Full story in printed edition).