Britain’s love-affair with the Spanish sun is no secret, but once again the numbers are reminding us of this with figures just released confirming Malaga to be Summer 2011’s top destination with British tourists. Indeed, of the Top Ten Destinations, four are Spanish cities, confirmation if ever any were needed of the country’s continued appeal.
The report, compiled by holiday rental company HomeAway, awarded 2nd place to the Mediterranean island of Majorca and stated that Spain had seen an 8% increase in visitor spending on 2010, equating to €19.7 billion for the period between July and September. It seems beach holidays were still at the top of holiday-makers wish lists, with 46% opting for holidays of this sort.
Of course, it’s no surprise that locations such as Malaga turn up in lists of this nature, thanks to the pulling power of the Costa del Sol region they sit within. The year-round sunshine and gorgeous coast-lines are enough to make any other holiday resort jealous, but with a long-established tourism industry on hand it all but ensures a fantastic holiday at any time of the year.
As well as this, it’s also recently been announced that five more of the regions natural monuments have fallen under the protection of the Andalucia Environmental Department. Cave locations such as Alcaucin’s Tajos del Alcazar and Benaojan’s Cueva del Gato, as well as important river sources and beauty spots, can now expect greater conservation as well as increased exposure which is sure to help with visiting numbers.