Spain attracts an estimated 50 million visitors from around the world each year, with a staggering 12 million of them being from Great Britain. As a result, it’s no surprise that Spain has been regarded as the number 1 holiday destination for Brits, but why is this the case?
One of the most attractive things that Spain has to offer its tourists is a large range of beautiful and iconic beaches, and not just as part of the main land. The country also plays host to a selection of two beautiful collections of nearby islands, including the Balearics and the Canary Islands. Therefore throwing your towel down on one of those beaches can really help you feel like you’ve escaped to a true spot of luxury.
However, Spain has far more to offer than just providing your towel with a place to lie for a fortnight. With amazing and diverse cities, the country is also receiving guests from all areas of the globe that are after more than just sun, and are looking for culture, style and substance. Cities including – but by no means limited to – Barcelona, Madrid and Valencia boast a whole host of wonders to see, ranging from the arts with world-class galleries, renowned theatres and historic museums.
And of course, there’s the food. As soon as you taste your first helping of authentic Spanish tapas, you will fall in love. With native dishes and specialities including paella, spiced chorizo and tortilla de patatas, to name a few, there is something for everyone, so you won’t have to worry what you’ll feed the kids all week, as they’ll no doubt find something they enjoy very quickly.
However, there is also another main reason why Spain is so popular, particularly with us Brits. From most UK cities, the flight time is as low as one and a half hours, meaning it’s the ideal choice for young families, or even those who just don’t favour flying very much! And with short flight times, generally comes cheap prices which are very appealing.
Flying to Spain isn’t your only option anymore though, with a host of companies offering coach or ferry packages to make your experience even cheaper and even more fulfilling. When you take a coaching holiday to Spain, for example, you are provided with an itinerary to keep you occupied and enthralled from start to finish. These sorts of holidays are growing increasingly popular, possibly due to higher airfares, and due to the fact that the company generally organises every aspect of the holiday for you.
Additionally, the Spanish people are so hospitable, and are fantastic for making us Brits feel right at home. Regardless of which region you visit, the people are generally extremely welcoming and friendly, and tend to be even more so if you practise your best efforts with a phrase book. The prices whilst over there reflect the sunny atmosphere, as dining and drinking out as well as the cost of hotels and travel are significantly cheaper than many other major European countries.