Barcelona is leading the way in the Spanish tourism market, and the city celebrated a record number of visitors in July.
While Spain is still suffering the effects of the recession, the number of foreign visitors has swelled thanks, in part, to Brits travelling on cheap flights to Barcelona with Jet2.com.
According to Frontur, the Spanish tourist department’s statistics group, nearly eight million people made the trip to the Iberian peninsula in July. This is an increase of nearly three per cent from the same month last year.
Brits made up more than 1.8 million of the total, with many making the most of cheap flights to Barcelona.
An Addictive Mix of Options
The agency also said that the total number of visitors to Spain was at 34 million so far in 2013. This is up by nearly four per cent compared to the same period last year.
Many of these tourists are heading to Barcelona on city breaks, soaking up the warming atmosphere and weather.
The fact that the city is an all-year-round destination is key to its success, with the summer attracting those in need of heat without the humidity that many parts of southern Europe experience.
In winter and autumn too though, the warm days are a huge draw and the streets are a little quieter for shopping and relaxing with coffee.
It is a habit-forming experience which is not just popular with us Brits though, despite our huge numbers.
Russian visitor numbers are increasing quickly, and more French and German travellers are arriving in the country.