The Costa del Sol and Spain as a whole is continuing to
break all tourism records.
The data from the National Statistics Institute (INE) is in and it shows that this number of 10.1 million visitors was an increase of 5.8% over last year and it continues the trend of smashed tourism records being smashed month after month.
Across the first eight months of the year the total amount of tourists who visited Spain reached a total of 52.5 million people – up 10% over the same time period of time last year. This boils down to a total of 5.2 million extra tourists this year for Spain. Much of the increase was caused by tourists choosing Spain over other popular destinations such as Turkey, Egypt and Tunisia over terrorism fears.
This increase means that Spain is set to smash their total figure of last year which was a record of 68.1 million tourists. In terms of nationality most of the tourists came from Britain and there was an increase of 13% in British visitors for a total of 12.4 million.
The amount of tourists from France and Germany is also on the up with 8.3 million and 7.6 million tourists from France and Germany respectively.
In terms of region Barcelona remained one of the most popular destinations to keep Catalonia as the most visited region in August with almost one quarter of all the tourists in Spain heading there. Next came the Balearics and the Canary Islands, with the Costa Del Sol coming in fourth in terms of visitor numbers.