SERVICES

Cruises in Catalonia: smaller ports doing well / REPORTAGE

Barcelona - While tensions rise between Madrid and Barcelona, Tarragona and Palamos record three-digit growth.

Barcelona - For some time it has become apparent that Spain’s cruise market is becoming less and less reliant on the Barcelona-Malaga duopoly.

In fact, the city of Tarragona, on the Catalan coast, has made a significant leap forward since the arrival of Costa Crociere. The number of passengers has tripled, and it’s just had its best ever season. For the next year 50% growth is expected. To think that in 2014 only three cruise ships called at that port, whilst in 2015 the number was around a dozen ships.

The Port Authority’s efforts have been rewarded with the completion of 37 cruises in 2017 (just below the number that was expected), but with an increase of 51,000 passengers (+ 284%), compared to 2016: “We are obviously very satisfied,” stresses Josep Andreu, president of the Authority. Fernando Aldecoa, managing director of Port Aventura, the large amusement park near Tarragona, highlighted the revolution that this kind of tourism has created: “Reaching these record figures in such a short timescale is a source of pride”.

CLICK HERE OR DOWNLOAD OUR APP TO REGISTER FREE AND READ THE FULL ARTICLE

Pressed for time?

Get the best news of the week in your inbox

Subscribe ››