Cruise passengers in Barcelona Spain 1990-2017

Cruise ship tourism is on the rise in the Mediterranean city, with over 2.7 million travelers that decided to arrive in Barcelona by sailing along its coastline in 2017. Most of the visitors the Spanish city receives, however, choose air travel as their preferable means of transport.

Barcelona and Spain are popular destinations

It is no secret that millions of tourists travel to the popular and vibrant Barcelona every year. Spain is also one of Europe’s favorite holiday destinations in 2018 – the United Kingdom, Germany and France appeared in the leading positions of the largest number of international visitors to Spain by country of residence, as confirms the data collected from the Spanish Statistics Institute (INE). 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.

Barcelona is not only visited by tourists

According to the Barcelona City Council, most of the people that traveled to Barcelona that year were there on vacation or similar leisure purposes. An important share of the visitors went to the Spanish city for other reasons: 21 percent of the tourists in the Catalan city arrived for business ends.

Number of cruise passengers in the Port of Barcelona from 1990 to 2017

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Release date

July 2018



Survey time period

1990 to 2017

Supplementary notes

Includes boarding, disembarking and transit passengers.
Figures have been rounded.

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