The tour guide lets his gaze wander over the square and counts under his breath. “Un, dos, tres…” Only three other groups are out and about here. “Vamos!” he shouts to his group and strides forward with his arm raised. The Plaça Reial in the Barrio Gótico is one of the symbols of Barcelona. Stately arcades, lined with palm trees, located on the famous Rambla – and now known for having a cap for tourists: Eight guided groups at a time, more are not allowed since this March, public space or not.

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