A crackdown on noise at night in Barcelona

Barcelona City Council is cracking down on noise resulting from nighlife in the city, with a new campaign called Silenci Pla. This campaign aims to raise awareness of the reduction of noise in key areas of nightlife in the city.

The initiative aims to reach out to about 700 establishments in all districts and runs till November, with city environmental workers working with local communities to reduce noise pollution between 11pm and 6am from Thursday to Saturday.

The launch coincides with a new ban on organized bar crawls in the old town, whereby tourists wearing special bracelets enjoy low cost alcohol. These have been identified as a source of much antisocial behaviour, as well as drunken noise. Guides will be given a penalty of up to 1,800 euros. Bars themselves that take part also face heavy fines if they promote these tours.

Local residents and visitors alike will be delighted with these measures which promote a more civilised balance between nightlife and their own rest and relaxation.


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4 Responses to A crackdown on noise at night in Barcelona

  1. Alex says:

    I’ve already been in a few noisy cities around Europe and I believe Barcelona, being one of them, could only benefit with this campaign. Earth would say ‘thank you’ with a smile on its face x)

  2. Jeremy from Wedding Planning Calgary says:

    I believe it is a great step to cut down the noise pollution which is a cause for serious health problems and the residents should also respect the motive that one’s celebration should not bother fellow citizens.

  3. Chris Lavery from buy wine online says:

    Have been to Barcelona and have to say that Las Ramblas was particularly noisy. However this did not bother me as I am young and enjoy a city with an atmosphere. It certainly isn’t a city to go if you’re looking for a quiet break.

    • Josep Ferrer says:

      Hi Chris – you are right Las Ramblas and El Barri Gotic are quite noisy, but you can find some very quiet areas in Barcelona, its not all like that. Gracia is one (with great wine bars) and Poblenou is another.

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