Last updates:
18 September 2020 |
Barcelona City Council have agreed to introduce surcharge from 1 January 2021 (rate below) but may defer depending on conditions caused by COVID-19.
13 August 2020 |
All rates checked and changes to page include:
San Sebastián has deferred intention to introduce a tourist tax from 1 January 2021
Catalonia rate increase from 1 January 2021


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

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

The following destinations had been considering but there are no approved proposals as some destinations require central government to amend legislation before a tax can be implemented:

  • San Sebastián (the city government has deferred their intention to introduce from 1 January 2021 and a decision to be made at a later date)
  • Segovia 
  • Seville (potentially proposed either €1-€2 per person per night)
  • Valencia (potentially proposed between €0.50-€2 per person per night but no agreement within local government)

Catalonia

The tourist tax (taxa turística) is decided by the regional government using the flat rate per person, per night by accommodation type and star rating. In addition, a day tax is levied to cruise ship passengers. The regional government has also approved Barcelona City Council to implement a surcharge from 1 January 2021.

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 April 2019, the Generalitat de Catalunya announced €6 million of tourist tax revenue to be used to subsidise local projects across Catalonia. Up to 2018, 89 projects had been subsidised by €27 million of tourist tax. Furthermore, in November 2019 the Ajuntament de Barcelona announced €4.22 million of tourist tax revenue to be used to fund 7 projects in the city.

Hotel Star Rating  Some Exemptions
 (per person per night, 7 nights max)           
Barcelona
(In bold rates from 1 Jan 2021 including surcharge)
0.65
(1.75)*
0.65
(1.75)*
0.65
(1.75)*
1.10
(2.45)*
2.25
(4.25)*

Children under 17,
IMSERSO holidays,
Force Majeure
Rest of Catalonia
(In bold rates from 1 Jan 2021)
0.45
(0.60)
0.45
(0.60)
0.45
(0.60)
0.90
(1.20)
2.25
(3.00)

N.B. in the case of early booking of the accommodation, the applicable rate is the one in force at the time of making the reservation provided that the amount of the reservation and the tax is paid at this time.

* 1-3 stars:  €1 region tax + €0.75 surcharge
* 4 stars:  €1.70 region tax + €0.75 surcharge
* 5 stars:  €3.50 region tax + €0.75 surcharge

Surcharge

The Generalitat de Catalunya has approved Barcelona City Council to introduce a surcharge in addition to the existing regional tax rates from 1 January 2021. The law allows the surcharge amount to vary up to €4 depending on the location of the accommodation, but Barcelona City Council have agreed the following fixed amounts (subject to change):

2021 – €0.75 per person per night
2022 & 2023 – €1 per person per night
2024 – €1.25 per person per night

All revenue from the surcharge will be managed by Barcelona City Council (whereas only a proportion is redistributed from the taxa turística by the Generalitat de Catalunya). The revenue is intended to be allocated for:

  • “Improving the monitoring of dwellings that offer rooms for tourist uses.
  • Lowering the tourist pressure of the worst-affected neighbourhoods so they could recover their economic, social and cultural activities regardless of tourism.
  • Create completely new content that could be developed in settings that enable better dispersals of tourist concentrations.”

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%.

A webpage has been published to show which specific projects related to sustainability are funded by the tax.

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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