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Barcelona sustainable and safe

Barcelona is a destination firmly committed to sustainability and safety in travel and tourism. A new model based on practices that respect the environment, the economy, society and culture that the BCB has made an integral and strategic part of its day-to-day running.


Barcelona Provincial Council, Barcelona City Council, Turisme de Barcelona and the Barcelona Chamber of Commerce have joined forces to make Barcelona and its counties a single destination committed to sustainable tourism.

In 2011, Barcelona was the first city in the world to be awarded Biosphere Certification as a responsible tourism destination by the Responsible Tourism Institute, an international organisation supported by UNESCO to promote sustainable tourism at every level.
Since then, hundreds of enterprises have joined in the commitment to sustainability and Barcelona has renewed it Biosphere Certification until 2024. 

Biosphere Certification guarantees compliance with the quality standards of the tourism offer in order to ensure they bring significant benefits to society. At the same time, it recognises the city’s good practices in responsible and sustainable tourism.
Click here for more information about the Sustainable Barcelona programme.


Barcelona is a compact city, tinged with green from its tree-lined streets and parks, botanically rich and with its own unique personality. 
Around the city, there are 12 natural spaces of outstanding beauty and great environmental and cultural value that guarantee the land and the environment are perfectly in tune.
The blue of the Mediterranean illuminates the city and coast of Barcelona and bears witness to its long-standing maritime and fishing tradition. The wide beaches, with their fine sand and shallow waters, are fully accessible for people with reduced mobility and follow a strict environmental policy.

And… there’s the food too! Barcelona brings a wealth of wonderful dishes focusing on the Mediterranean diet, featuring local and seasonal produce. The city’s world-renowned restaurants skilfully combine tradition and innovation. 


Barcelona is adapting its urban layout to ensure the areas occupied by different means of transport are more evenly distributed. New bike lanes have been introduced, the bus network has been improved and pedestrians have been prioritised with the widening of pavements and streets to make them more pleasant and safer to walk in. 

Accessible Barcelona is ready to welcome functionally diverse visitors, regardless of their physical, sensory or cognitive abilities.


At the Barcelona Convention Bureau, sustainability is a strategic element that is an integral part of our everyday running so that events can have a positive impact and both organisers and the destination reap the long-term benefits.

For this reason, we offer you the guide Barcelona sustainable events. A tool that facilitates the integration of sustainable practices in the events at our destination, with tips and practical examples as well as a checklist with different levels of performance to continue improving the results in the development of sustainable practices in the long term.

Barcelona places at your disposal numerous spaces that are committed to sustainability and have implemented good practices in the spheres of social responsibility, promoting energy-saving and energy-efficiency measures and committing to selective waste collection and offsetting CO2.

At the Barcelona Convention Bureau, sustainability criteria are applied across its entire operations.
When we present bids to congress organisers, sustainability is one of the strong points.

Our members are also committed to sustainable practices and most of them have joined the Barcelona Biosphere Commitment to Sustainable Tourism (CSTBB) and have also obtained other sustainability certificates.

Sustainable enterprise search engine
Sustainability certificates
Safe Barcelona
Safe Barcelona

This link lists all the services in Barcelona that have obtained the Safe Travels label. Created by the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC), and recognised worldwide, the label enables travellers to identify any businesses, organisations and destinations around the world that have adopted standardised COVID-19 safety and prevention measures.

We also recommend you to consult Check Barcelona. It gives you real-time information about how busy different attractions and services are and allows you to manage your booking according to the established safety and capacity protocols.

Turisme de Barcelona has signed an agreement with: 

Quirónsalud, one of the leading hospital groups in Spain and Europe, to provide medical assistance for visitors who have an emergency during their stay in Barcelona.
Its centres include Centro Médico Teknon, the Hospital Universitario Dexeus and the Hospital Quirónsalud Barcelona.
For further information about Quirónsalud: Tel. 619 662 761

Hm Hospitales, HM NOU DELFOS HOSPITAL - Part of the HM Hospitales Group - International Area offers added value to international clients who are traveling from their country with travel insurance or international medical insurance.
For more information:  Tel. 900 264 796