Spanish town tells people to leave if they ‘can’t handle’ rural living following complaint

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A small Spanish coastal town in Asturias took to Twitter earlier this month to warn visiting tourists about the natural noises the village experiences from livestock and churches. It also warned tourists that if they “can’t handle” the noise to not visit the town.

Ribadesella, a small town in Spain, took to social media to tell tourists who couldn’t handle the noises found in the countryside that they might want to consider visiting somewhere else.

The town has launched a poster campaign warning tourists the reality of rural life.

Ribadesella is home to several farms as well as churches where bells ring out regularly.

It had received several complaints from tourists who couldn’t deal with the ongoing noises.

The poster read: “Here we have church bells that ring out regularly, roosters that crow early in the morning and herds of livestock that live nearby and at times carry cowbells that also make noise.

“If you can’t handle all this, you may not be in the right place.”

This message was tweeted in response to a complaint where a woman called up to complain about a rooster.

Ramón Canal, Ribadesella’s mayor, told Spanish broadcaster Antena 3 that the woman had called “three or four times about a rooster that woke her up at five in the morning”.

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Other complaints included the noise made by braying donkeys as well as cow pats found in the village.

Canal added that people visiting from urban areas need to “realise that milk does not come in cartons, the cows bring it and you have to feed and maintain them”.

In an interview with newspaper La Voz de Asturias, deputy mayor, Luis Sánchez, said: “To hear a rooster crowing at night is normal.

“If you come to a rural hotel, you have to be aware that it is rural and that this is daily life in the towns.”

He said that the town got the idea for a poster campaign from a village in the South of France.

Saint-André-de-Valborgne took a similar approach a few years ago following complaints from tourists used to city living.

The coastal town has good beaches and places for hiking as well as mountaineering and other activities, attracting thousands of tourists each year.

A popular destination amongst Spanish tourists as well as those overseas, Ribadesella has now put posters up around the town.

Taking to Twitter to share their thoughts, users agreed with the poster campaign set out by the local council.

One person said: “Ribadesella is lovely. I spent a few days there last summer, if you’re going to visit then surely you know it’s the countryside and should expect the sounds!”

Another wrote: “It might be my new favourite place, good on them. Please stop going to places that seem cool and then try to get rid of what makes them cool.”

“One of my top destinations. There are noisy farms, roosters, donkeys and tractors but that’s what makes the place amazing,” commented a third.

A fourth said: “It has one of the most beautiful stretches in Spain, people need to stop ruining what the locals experience on a daily basis.”

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