DESTINATION: Millions flock to Barcelona

BARCELONA is the fifth most visited city in Europe in terms of overnight stays.

The Catalan capital accommodates about 7.5 million tourists every year, according to a recent marketing report by BRIC consulting group.

Last year, there were more than 17 million overnight stays in the city.

Barcelona was the top Spanish destination and the only non-capital city in the top five, beating out rival Madrid.

Eighty percent of Barcelona’s tourists are foreign, while 60% of visitors to Madrid come from other parts of Spain.

The top five most visited European cities (in terms of overnight stays) are as follows:

  1. London
  2. Paris
  3. Berlin
  4. Rome
  5. Barcelona