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6 May

What Is Spanish Tourism Tax?

Malaga. Spain

Malaga. Spain

How Much Will The New Spanish Tax Hurt Your Pocket?

Holidaymakers in Spain will need to pay a new tax this summer. But what exactly is this?

If you’re planning a holiday in the Spanish sun this summer, you’ll have to be prepared to pay the new tourism tax. From July, holidaymakers in Spain will be required to pay this new tax, which could add up to a significant sum for families. The amount you are required to pay will depend on your hotel: a 1* – 3* hotel will be €1 per person per day, while a 3* – 4* hotel will be €2 per person per day. This tax is being called a ‘sustainable tourism duty’ and funds raised will be used to safeguard the environment.

According to World Bank data, 65 million tourists flock to Spain every year. Based on an average stay of one week, and an equal mix of hotels, Spain could raise over €500,000,000 a year.

Many are not pleased with this development, especially as it has only been announced after many have already booked their holidays. For a family of four with children aged over 16, this could add up to as much as £70 over a fortnight. There are fears that this could discourage tourism in some areas. All of this means that you’ll need to plan ahead and ensure you have some extra cash if you’re off to Spain this summer.

San Sebastian

With the amount this country has to offer, it’s difficult to believe that this tax will seriously impact tourism. Spain has something to offer everyone. If you’re looking for beach holiday away from the throngs of crowds that pack the more popular resorts in the south, then why not try San Sebastian? On the Bay of Biscay in Northern Spain, this gorgeous location has some of the best beaches in the country: white sand and azure sea. There is also a fascinating history for those who are more into sightseeing than sunbathing – no trip to San Sebastian is complete without a visit to the Buen Pastor Cathedral, the most popular site in the area. Foodies will also be in raptures about the seafood cuisine, which is sure to tantalise tastebuds!

Skiing In Spain

Spain isn’t just a summer destination, though. It’s also offers an array of world-class destinations for winter sports enthusiasts. Baqueira in the Spanish Pyrenees is a skiers best-kept secret, with a consistent snowfall record that easily rivals those found in the Alps. With a wide range of slopes and terrain, even the most advanced skier will find something to challenge them, while beginners can enrol in one of the area’s excellent ski schools. For those who don’t ski there’s a range of outdoor activities that can be enjoyed on foot rather than ski, including hikes to experience the area’s natural beauty. Or if you just want to relax, there are a range of saunas and swimming pools at hotels around the town. Just ensure your travel insurance covers whatever activities you plan as terms and conditions apply.

A Holiday Destination For The Disabled

Spain is also an excellent destination if you need your holiday to be disability-friendly. A range of specialist operators offer holidays tailored to wheelchair users and those with learning difficulties. Support can be offered from the second you leave home and will be on hand throughout your holiday. The Disability Holiday Guide profiles many hotels and holiday operators who provide specialist trips for disabled travellers, and can even organise activities such as theme park trips and horse riding.

Wherever you decide to visit in Spain, don’t forget your travel insurance!