Tourist distribution in Barcelona, Spain 2017, by age

Tourists aged 25 to 34 made up the largest age group that visited the Mediterranean city in 2017, accounting for nearly 34 percent of the total number of sightseers. 19.9 percent of all tourists were aged 35 to 44. According to the Barcelona City Council, most of the people that traveled to Barcelona in 2017 were tourists, although an important share of the visitors went to the Spanish city for business purposes too.

Barcelona: a popular place for tourism in Spain

Barcelona has seen a considerable growth in the number of visitors that stayed in hotels over the past 30 years, with its bed occupancy rate reaching 72.2 percent in 2017. Barcelona’s most popular tourist attraction was the Sagrada Familia with over 4.5 million visits in 2017. This was followed by Park Güell and the FC Barcelona Museum.

Barcelona is not alone in Spain

Barcelona ranked among the top ten of leading European city destinations in 2018. The Catalan city was not the only place that welcomed a lot of tourists, Spain ranked second on the World Tourism Organization’s list of most visited countries in the world, with its number of international visitors amounting to nearly 82 million in 2017.

Distribution of tourists visiting Barcelona in 2017, by age

Age groupShare of tourists
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Release date

May 2018



Survey time period


Number of respondents

6,015 respondents

Age group

15 years and older

Special properties

Tourists spending 1 to 28 nights

Method of interview

Computer-assisted personal interviews (CAPI)

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