Barcelona City Tour, one of Barcelona's most used unique methods of transport
The tour bus operated by the Julià Group in Barcelona had nearly a million riders in 2014, 4.2% more than the previous year, according to the tourism statistics reported annually by Barcelona Turisme. Specifically, the figure from 2013 of 878,304 passengers jumped to 915,860. The published data place Barcelona City Tour among the top five unique methods of transport used in the city, ranking alongside historic services like Las Golondrinas boat tours and the Montjuic cable car.
The document, prepared jointly by Turisme de Barcelona, the Barcelona City Council and the Barcelona provincial government, includes the main tourism data for the Catalan capital, such as lodging, products and services, business tourism, and tourist surveys and profiles.
According to the latest edition, Barcelona's top tourist attractions received over 32 million visitors last year, 16% more than in 2013. The Sagrada Familia, Park Güell and the Born Centre Cultural, opened in September 2013, were the tourist attractions with the most visitors, followed by the aquarium, the Barça Museum and Poble Espanyol.
Among the top ten attractions, the Barcelona Museum of History (MUHBA) recorded the most growth, with 416,000 more visitors. As for the most popular leisure spots, the Tibidabo shone in this area with almost 619,000 visitors, a 10% improvement over 2013.
How do tourists rate the city?
Barcelona got an average score of 8.4 from tourists. The highest score was received by the city's architecture at 8.8. This was followed by its culture (8.5), public transport (8.3) and leisure and entertainment options (8.3).
The categories with the lowest ratings were the price to quality ratio of restaurants (7.4), air quality (7.2) and, lastly, noise pollution (6.8).
The ratings were on a scale of 0 to 10, and none of the items was rated a failure, with the lowest score received being a very respectable 6.8.