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Currently, there are about 150 cities around the world in 21 countries that apply tourist taxes to tourists for staying in any hotel or housing dedicated to vacation rentals. In Spain, there are tourist taxes in Catalonia and the Balearic Islands.

This rate varies according to the category of accommodation, and the higher the category of establishment, the higher the rate.

Generally, with some exceptions, the tourist tax is a tax paid per person per night. These exceptions apply a percentage to the total bill and are added to it.


In Catalonia, this tax arose in 2012, being the first Autonomous Community to apply it in Spain.


The tourist tax in Catalonia is a tax charged to all tourists staying in any type of tourist establishment, including holiday homes and cruise ships.

With regard to holiday homes, the regulatory competence lies with each Autonomous Community. Catalonia, on the other hand, made some modifications in 2017 regarding the tourist tax, considering the holiday homes as luxury hotels, applying the same tax to them.

In Catalonia, the regulation governing the tourist tax is Law 5/2012, March 20, on fiscal, financial and administrative measures and the creation of the Tax on Stays in Tourist Establishments.

We leave you a link to this law in case you want to take a look at it: Ley 5/2012


Catalonia and its cities are not one of the exceptions mentioned above that apply the payment of fees differently. These exceptions include Amsterdam, Berlin and Vienna.

In Catalonia, this tax is charged per person per day, with the price varying according to the location and type of establishment.

In addition, a special tourist tax is applied to establishments that have gambling and betting activities permitted.

You can find all the relevant information at the Generalitat de Catalunya. Below, we provide a link for you to find what you need: Generalitat de Catalunya.


The tourism rate is not the same in all countries. It is not even the same in the cities of the same country. However, all countries applying this rate have a common goal: to seek a balanced benefit for tourists and residents.

The application of tourist taxes achieves this balance by reducing the number of tourists, avoiding mass tourism and therefore achieving sustainable tourism in the long term. In addition, with the money collected, infrastructure can be improved, which improves the quality of the destination enormously.


The Catalan Government differentiates between two cases when applying the tourist tax in Catalonia: if you are staying in Barcelona or if you are staying in any other Catalan city.

The tourist tax in Barcelona ranges from 0.65 Euros to 2.25 Euros per person per day, depending on the type of accommodation in which the tourist is staying.

In the other cities of Catalonia, the rate would vary between 0.45 Euros and 2.25 Euros, again depending on the type of accommodation.

In both cases, the maximum number of days you can pay tourist tax is 7. That is, if you stay 14 days in a holiday home, you will only have to pay the tourist tax for the first 7 days.

Cruises that exceed a mooring in port for more than 12 hours will also be subject to this fee.

However, not everybody pays this tourist tax. Children under 17 years old do not have to pay it, as well as people travelling for reasons of force majeure or health.


The tourist rate in the Balearic Islands emerged in 2016 and is much higher than the tourist rate in Catalonia.

The Balearic Islands saw its rates double in 2018 and since then there has been no change in the tourist rate. Thus, rates range from 1 Euro per person per day for campsites and pensions, to 4 Euros per person per day in 5-star hotels. For the 4 star hotels we talk about 3 Euros per person and day. Finally, it would be 2 Euros to pay if it is a 2 or 3 star hotel, as well as hostels or rural houses.


Paris is one of the cities with the highest tourist rate, ranging from 0.22 Euros to 4.40 Euros.

Vienna, Berlin and Amsterdam apply 3.2%, 5% and 6% respectively to the total accommodation bill.

Prague, on the other hand, is one of the destinations with the lowest tourist rate, with an average of 0.50 Euros.

Rome, as well as Paris, is a city with a lot of tourism. Therefore, it’s not surprising that its rate is between 3 and 7 Euros per person per day.

Lisbon, on the other hand, being a European capital, has a fairly cheap rate, of only 1 Euro per person per day.


A family of 4 adults who want to spend 7 days in Barcelona will pay between 18.2 and 63 Euros in tourist tax, depending on the type of accommodation they are staying in. In view of this, some tourists may prefer another type of establishment or destination.

This is why it is necessary to have an adequate price policy with this type of tourist in order not to lose reservations. One of the most recognized strategies for the correct application of prices is Revenue Management.

Below, we leave you with a free guide so that you know more about how to apply an adequate pricing strategy: click here.


If you are the owner of a tourist accommodation in Barcelona or any other Catalan town, but you are not sure how to apply the tourist tax in Catalonia, at Hosticasa we offer a comprehensive management service in which we take care of absolutely all the management of your property, including legal advice.

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