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Barcelona is Spain's priciest tourist spot: poll

Steve Tallantyre · 15 Sep 2014, 10:33

Published: 15 Sep 2014 10:09 GMT+02:00
Updated: 15 Sep 2014 10:33 GMT+02:00

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TripAdvisor looked at 52 locations to compare the average cost of a visit that included a night in a four-star hotel, cocktails for two people, a two-course dinner with bottle of house wine and a return taxi ride.

Barcelona topped the charts with an average of €229.11 ($296.35), closely followed by Ibiza (€221.43) and Palma, Majorca (€217.97).

According to Catalan daily El Periodico, the most budget-friendly locations were Lugo (€115.73) and Murcia (€116.52).

The cost of a night in a Barcelona hotel (€145) is almost that of the entire package in the nearby city of Tarragona (€143.73). A 3km return taxi ride cost €14.82 in the Catalan capital, some 34 per cent more than in the second most expensive city, Soria.

Cocktails in Madrid cost €26.10, the most expensive in Spain and €5.60 more than the Barcelona equivalent. The most expensive average dinner was in Ibiza and cost €59.63.

Although the TripAdvisor survey ranks Barcelona as most expensive it does not seem to deter tourists from flocking there in ever-greater numbers.

Some residents are unhappy with the number of visitors and claim that the influx is destroying the city's character.

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The presence of drunk and naked tourists in some residential areas had led to protests.   

Despite this, Barcelona remains the most popular tourist destination in Spain. According to a study by Esade Business School, it is also the European tourist shopping capital: almost 34 per cent of the average tourist's budget is spent in shops compared with just 28 per cent in London and 24 per cent in Paris.

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