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Catalonia attracting more tourists

Catalonia attracting more tourists
10 Feb 2014

Catalonia is celebrating new figures showing that the number of tourists visiting the Spanish region increased by 8% in 2013. 

In total, a record 15.6m people headed to the autonomous community, which is made up for four provinces in north-east Spain:  Barcelona, Girona, Lleida, and Tarragona.

This figure surpasses the previous best of 15.2m set in 2007 and 2012's total of 14.4m tourists. Of these, 1.685m were from the UK in 2013, compared to 1.606m the year before - placing Britain as the number two source market for visitors to Catalonia.  

The amount being spent by tourists during their stay in the region is also on the up, having risen from €864 per person to €912 over the past year. 

Commenting on the figures, the minister for business and labour Felip Puig was confident enough to say that 'Catalonia is establishing itself as a leading tourist destination in Europe and in the world'.

Wondering what all the fuss is about? Here are just a few of the reasons to visit this part of Spain:

Barcelona

The city of Barcelona is undoubtedly the jewel in Catalonia's crown. From the stunning architecture designed by Gaudi to the pure theatre of watching Messi and co entertaining on the pitch inside the 98,000-seater Camp Nou, Barcelona is packed full of treats for tourists. 

Culture 

Although Catalonia is part of Spain, the region has its own distinct culture that is reflected in the language, cuisine and festivals. Therefore, even if you've visited another region of Spain before, you'll enjoy a completely refreshing experience. 

Highlights include seeing a castell or human tower being built. In 2010, these feats of strength, balance and bravery were inscribed on the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO. 

Scenery

From the beautiful beaches of the Costa Brava ('Wild Coast') to the towering peaks of the Pyrenees in the north, Catalonia is a real feast for the eyes. ADNFCR-408-ID-801691788-ADNFCR

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