An Evaluation of the Tourist Potential of the Climate in Catalonia (Spain): A Regional Study

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The many links that exist between tourism and the atmospheric elements point to the need to evaluate the potential of the climate as a resource. This study of the spatial and temporal variations of the climate—tourist potential in Catalonia (Spain) is based on the classification of daily weather situations according to the main combinations of climatic variables in the study area, and is adjusted to reflect bioclimatic criteria and tourist perceptions. The results of the study reveal major differences in the climate—tourist aptitudes of the region and, in general, a high tourist potential. However, given that the climate is not the sole factor intervening in the temporal and spatial distribution of tourist activities in Catalonia, it is apparent that the tourist aptitudes of the Catalan climates are not fully exploited by planning in this sector; thus, the periods of the year and areas identified as being climatically suitable for recreational activities are greater than the actual periods and area dedicated to tourism.

Keywords: Catalonia; Climate; tourist and recreation activities; weather

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.0435-3676.2004.00229.x

Affiliations: Department of Physical Geography and Regional Analysis, University of Barcelona, Spain

Publication date: October 1, 2004

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