But with only around 40,000 people living in Dubrovnik, and fewer than 2,000 in the small historic city center of Old Town, these tourists are becoming a real bunch of Eurons. Locals are saying that the noise and crowds are contributing to a declining population, and have compared modern life there to living in the middle of Disneyland. We'd lose our minds too if we had to hear tourists shouting "Shame! Shame!" every damn day.
But with record-breaking numbers of people visiting the city each year, you'd think it would at least be great for the local economy, right? Yeah, not so much. Most visitors arrive on cruise ships, so they rush through crowded streets and are back onboard by sunset with their photos. Not a lot is spent on food and drinks, let alone accommodations, and the city's authentic cultural experiences -- the non-Thrones stuff -- are largely ignored.
The city has resorted to increasingly stringent measures to restore order to the cramped streets, including capping the number of tourists allowed in Old Town, shuttering 80% of souvenir stalls, forcing restaurants to eliminate 20% of their outdoor seating, and limiting the number of cruise ships that are allowed to dock per day. Maybe they could scare more people off with public broadcasts of scenes from Season 8.