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Artificialization and Islandness on the Spanish Tourist Coast

Antoni Pons / Onofre Rullan
Published Online: 2014-03-31 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.2478/mgrsd-2014-0010

Abstract

This article analyses recent trends in coastal urban growth, mainly prompted by tourism in its various forms, experienced along the Spanish Mediterranean coasts and the Canary Islands, with a special focus on the Balearic Islands. The article seeks to measure and compare the differential rates of urban growth between island and continental coasts during the period 1990-2006, coinciding with the latest major economic growth cycle in Southwestern Europe, and where real estate and tourism activities have played a central role. The results suggest that the degree of urbanization in island coastal regions analysed is lower than that of mainland coastal regions.

Keywords: Coastal Artificialization; tourism; islandness; Spain; Western European Mediterranean; Balearic Islands

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