The number of people holidaying in Spain is on the increase once again. The
country welcomed 5.2 million foreigners in September, representing the fifth
consecutive month of growth. Visitors from the UK and Germany account for
roughly half of all visitors. What’s more, it is one of the most popular
places for British people to retire to. So why do Brits love Spain so much?
First and foremost is the climate. From the black sands of the Canaries to
the green plains of Castile and Leon, Spain’s climate is enviable. It is
warm and sunny somewhere throughout the year. But the climate varies too and
inland, to the north and along the border with France, the country
experiences proper seasons. Cold, snowy winters perfect for skiing and hot
dry summers perfect for hiking and biking. The islands boast wondrously warm
temperatures throughout the year and the costas offer sunny, and mild
winters and blissfully warm but not oppressive summers.
Whether it’s from the climate or it is innate to the Spanish culture, the
lifestyle and people are laid back and relaxed. The siesta may be less
common these days, but people still take this time to enjoy themselves, have
leisurely lunches and catch up with friends and family.
Speaking of lunches, Spanish food is to die for. It is fresh, full-flavoured
and apart from the odd churros, madeleinas and Catalan crème it is healthy.
Mediterranea cooking is one of the healthiest diets in the world. Food is
always fresh and emphasis is placed on local ingredients so you will eat
seafood along the coast and meat on the central plains. They also prefer to
only use fruit and vegetable that is in season because Spanish food is all
about the perfect taste.
The beaches, linked inseparably to climate are another reason visitors flock
to Spain in their millions. They are plentiful and the Mediterranean beaches
are sheltered and safe, making them perfect for families. The sands are
golden, the water clean and the activities numerous.
Spain has been welcoming foreign visitors with open arms for several decades
therefore tourists and new residents are well looked after. This is another
reason why people choose Spain over other warm, sunny locales in Europe.
Finally, Spain is a relatively cheap place to travel to, stay in and even
live in. Flights, thanks to the plethora of low-cost carriers and
ridiculously cheap and hotels are well thought out, tailored to a specific
market and again are highly affordable.
When all of these factors combine, it is no wonder Spain is the number one
tourist destination for Britons.