The city of Barcelona recently declared that starting on April 1, 2023, all tourists will be subject to a higher tourist tax fee.
The region of Catalonia is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Spain. Particularly Barcelona’s capital city is renowned for its deep history, gorgeous buildings, thriving culture, and breathtaking beaches. It’s fair to say that once you’ve been to Barcelona, it’s a location you won’t soon forget.
If you didn’t know, Barcelona is one of many places in the globe that levies both local and regional taxation. This law has been in effect in Barcelona since 2012, and the fees associated with it will now rise.
All visitors will now have to pay an increase of €2.75 in the municipal fee starting from April 1. This increase is for this year only. From next year April 1, this tourist tax fee will be increased to €3.25. It is important to note that the surcharge is only levied on official tourist lodging (in the main districts).
According to the municipal government, the primary goals of this rise in the tourist tax are to reduce the number of visitors to the city and, more significantly, to provide visitors with a high-quality experience.
Like other well-known tourist sites around the globe, Barcelona is burdened by over-tourism. With the assistance of this surcharge, the city government hopes to keep its infrastructure and enhance escalators, public transportation, and roadways.