Catalan city’s council is advising tourists to check its fairtourism website to ensure apartments are correctly licensed
For tourists to Barcelona who want to avoid being duped by fake listings on holiday apartment websites and social media accounts, or who simply wish to be more ethical visitors, the city council has created a website providing checks on whether a rental is legal.
To avoid arriving and discovering the rental is one of the 2,000 apartments the city has closed down in the past year because they were operating without a licence, go to fairtourism.barcelona and enter the address. The site will indicate whether the apartment is licensed or not. There are 9,600 licensed tourist apartments in the city.