Rabat - As a southern Mediterranean country, Spain has always enjoyed large numbers of tourists flocking to its shores. It’s not just warm weather that is drawing travellers to the country however, and Spain has a vast number of treasures; artistic, cultural, historical, culinary and musical; that have served as a driver for the massive increases in tourism seen of late.
Rabat – As a southern Mediterranean country, Spain has always enjoyed large numbers of tourists flocking to its shores. It’s not just warm weather that is drawing travellers to the country however, and Spain has a vast number of treasures; artistic, cultural, historical, culinary and musical; that have served as a driver for the massive increases in tourism seen of late.
Tourism and its related activities is a huge contributor to the Spanish economy. Each year tourism makes up 6.4% of Spain’s GDP (€62.1 billion), and in 2007 Spain was the second most visited country in the world (after France) having sixty million visit the sun-bleached state. Though those numbers have tailed off slightly since the Great Recession, in 2013 Spain saw over fifty million visitors enter the country, a huge volume by any accounts and a 4.5% increase on the previous year- evidently, Tourism is truly a key slice of the Spanish economic pie.
The vast majority of these visitors are from European countries. In the month of August Spain will regularly see two million British, French and German visitors; the peak of the summer holiday frenzy; although North African and World travellers do indeed make up a lion’s share of the glut of tourists each year.
Why, then, is Spain experiencing such levels of tourism? Firstly, Spain’s beaches are world-renowned. Pristine, white-sanded beaches, coupled with a climate that is forgiving for those unaccustomed with truly hot weather, has been a potent combination when it has come to attracting tourists, and the huge numbers of beach towns, located along the Costa Brava, Costa Blanca and Andalusia serve as a hub for these tourists.
These coastal resorts, including the ever-popular Balearic Isles, have similarly excellent nightlife scenes that compliment the lazy beach holidays many tourists are angling for. Island holidays to Malaga and Ibiza have become a rite of passage for the youth of Europe, although superstar DJs and music producers aren’t the only lively entertainments on offer in Spain
Ranked third in the world for the amount spent per capita on gambling, Spain is a hub for those that enjoy a dance with lady luck. Currently being built is “EuroVegas”, an aptly-named Las-Vegas-themed casino resort city currently being build near Madrid; travellers wishing to get in the EuroVegas mood should download Europalace casino prior to their visit; with hundreds of games on offer it’s the Vegas of the net!
Spain’s particular culture is also highly geared towards drawing in droves of tourists. The Running of the Bulls, held in Pampolna, Navarra, and La Tomatina, where participants in the festival pelt one another with tomatoes, are both spectacles known throughout the world. The mix of European and Middle Eastern cultures is also a huge curiosity for visitors; the Alhambra (Granada) is one of the most exquisite Islamic buildings in the world, as is the Mezquita of Cordoba is a delightful mix of both Moorish and Catholic architecture.