Catalonia travel guide

Drawing: Joan Mañe

Tourism in Catalonia is one of the most important sectors of the Catalan economy. It is the main tourist destination in Spain and one of the most important in Europe. One of the main destinations is the metropolitan area of Barcelona.

Catalonia is one of the leading tourist regions in the world. Tourism accounts for about 11-12% of Catalonia’s GDP. For example, in 2019, this figure was 12.34 billion euros.

As of 2019, Catalonia’s tourism consists of over one million places to stay. This figure also includes a number of tourist sites. According to Eurostat, tourist accommodation in Catalonia accounted for 22.1% of the total in Spain and 2.5% in the EU in 2019.

Catalonia is divided into 9 travel brands. The Barcelona brand is the most highly demanded by tourists. It is followed by the Costa Brava, Costa Daurada and Costa de Barcelona.

The total tourism in Catalonia in 2019 was 39.4 million: 49.2% of foreign tourism, 38.4% of domestic tourism (Catalonia residents) and 12.4% of other residents Spain. In terms of total travel spending, which reached €25,167 million, foreign tourism accounted for the bulk (84.7% of the total), followed by resident tourists in Catalonia (7.7%) and residents of the rest of Spain (7.5%).

Overseas tourism increased by 0.8% in 2019, while its spending increased by 4.1%.

Catalonia is positioned as the leading tourist destination in Spain. Between 2005 and 2019, the number of foreign tourists in Catalonia increased by 38%, while spending increased by 144.5%.

Catalonia travel guide

Sea resorts (from north to south)

Costa Brava

Costa del Maresme

Costa de Barcelona

Costa del Garraf

Costa Daurada


Most beautiful cities. TOP 10

Barcelona – capital of Catalonia

Vic – one of the seven wonders of Catalonia

Girona and its attractions

Lleida and its cathedral

Montblanc and its folklore

Reus and its modernist architecture

Tarragona and its Roman heritage

Tortosa and its castle

Figueres and the museum of Salvador Dalí

Empuriabrava – the largest residential port in the world


Best museums 

National Museum of Science and Industry of Catalonia

Salvador Claret Automobile Collection

Bassella Moto Museum

Barcelona museums. TOP 15


Ski resorts. TOP 5 

Baqueira – Beret

Port del Comte

Boí Taüll




Historical monuments. TOP 5

The Monastery of Montserrat

The castle of Sant Ferran

King’s Castle of Lleida

The Monastery of Sant Pere de Rodes

Royal Abbey of Santa Maria de Poblet


Nature. TOP 5

Bagnoles – the largest lake in Catalonia

Val D’Aran valley

Cap de Creus — the easternmost point of the Iberian Peninsula

Canigou Peak – National Symbol of Catalonia

Salt Mountain Salins de Cardona