Simon Smith | Manager, Operations and Destination Engagement | 31 May 2019

A tourism tax (tasa turística) only applies in Catalonia and the Balearic Islands.

The following destinations are considering with no further news at the time of writing (May 2019):

  • Madrid
  • San Sebastián
  • Seville (proposed €1 per person per night)
  • Valencia (proposed between €0.50 and €2 per person per night for a maximum of 7 nights)

Catalonia

The tourist tax (taxa turística) is decided by the local government (municipality) using the flat rate per person, per night by accommodation type and star rating.

In addition, Barcelona levies a day tax to cruise ship passengers at a rate of €0.65 (visits less than 12 hours).

The tax revenue is used to:

  • Promote Catalonia as a tourism destination
  • Promote responsible, quality sustainable tourism and the protection, preservation, recovery and improvement of tourism resources
  • Foster, create and improve tourism products
  • Improve services for the control and inspection of tourism establishments
  • Develop tourism-related infrastructure and services

In 2019, the Generalitat de Catalunya announced €6 million of tourist tax will be used to subsidise local projects. Up to 2018, 89 projects have been subsidised by €27 million of tourist tax. Further information can be found here.

While best efforts have been made to verify the accuracy of the information on 31 May 2019, the information displayed should be used as guidance only.

Hotel Star Rating  Some Exemptions
 (per person per night, 7 nights max)           
Barcelona* 0.65 0.65 0.65 1.10 2.25 Children under 17,
IMSERSO holidays,
Force Majeure
Rest of Catalonia* 0.45 0.45 0.45 0.90 2.25

Balearic Islands (Mallorca, Menorca, Ibiza, Formentera)

The tourist tax (impost del turisme sostenible) is known as the eco or sustainable tax and is decided by the local government (municipality).

The tax applies to visitors staying in commercial accommodation and cruise ship passengers. In low season (1st November to 30th April), the tax is reduced by 75%.

Information can be found here on six key projects funded by the sustainable tourism tax to be implemented in 2019.

While best efforts have been made to verify the accuracy of the information on 31 May 2019, the information displayed should be used as guidance only.

Hotel Star Rating  Some Exemptions
 (per person per night, 50% reduction after 8 nights)           
High season
(May-Oct)
2.00 2.00 2.00 3.00 4.00 Children under 16
Low season
(Nov-Apr)
0.50 0.50 0.50 0.75 1.00 Children under 16

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