Barcelona's most visited tourist attractions 2017

Barcelona’s most popular tourist attraction was the Sagrada Familia with over 4.5 million visits in 2017. This was followed by Park Güell and the FC Barcelona Museum. It is no secret that millions of tourists travel to the popular and vibrant Barcelona every year, ranking among the top ten of leading European city destinations in 2018.

Tourism constitutes an essential industry for the Spanish economic system

Spain ranked second on the World Tourism Organization’s list of most visited countries in the world, with its number of international visitors amounting to nearly 82 million in 2017. The Mediterranean country is also one of Europe’s favorite holiday destinations in 2018 – the United Kingdom, Germany and France appeared in the leading positions of the largest number of international visitors to Spain by country of residence, as confirms the data collected from the Spanish Statistics Institute (INE).

Barcelona: a hotspot for Spanish tourism

Barcelona has seen a considerable growth in the number of visitors that stayed in hotels over the past 30 years, with its bed occupancy rate reaching 72.2 percent in 2017. According to the Barcelona City Council, most of the people that traveled to Barcelona that year were tourists, although an important share of the visitors went to the Spanish city for business purposes too.

Most visited tourist attractions in the city of Barcelona in 2017

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Release date

May 2019

Region

Spain

Survey time period

2017

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