MORE than nine million foreign tourists flocked to Spain in August, the highest ever figure for a single month.
Brits led the influx as the number rose 8.8% from last year to a massive 9.07 million, according to the country’s tourism ministry.
This comes as great news to Spain’s slowly recovering economy, which relies on tourism for around 11% of its activity.
The most popular destination continues to be Catalunya, which received nearly 2.5 million tourists in August (7.5% increase on 2013), followed closely by the Balearic Islands with 2,193,677 tourists (6.2% increase) and Andalucia with 1,186,226 (5.6% more).
British tourists were the most common visitors in August at 2.14 million, largely thanks to the country’s economic recovery.
While 1.98 million French visitors and 1.29 million Germans also descended on Spain for their holiday. Meanwhile, tourists from the United States soared by 35.4% to 147,404.
The ministry also revealed that €34.497 billion was spent between January and July across Spain, 7% more than in 2013 and the highest such figure on record.
Interestingly, more tourists are opting to travel independently and book their own trips (75.5%) as opposed to the traditional package holidays, which have dropped by 6.6%.