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Tourism in Spain

Located in Western Europe, Spain covers most part of the Iberian Peninsula and the archipelago of the Canary Islands in the Atlantic Ocean, and the one of the Balearic Islands in the Mediterranean Sea. Spanish territory also includes two cities in the north area of Africa: Ceuta and Melilla.


The Spanish mainland is bordered by Portugal and the Atlantic Ocean to the west, by the Mediterranean Sea to the east, by the Strait of Gibraltar to the south and by the Pyrenees and the Bay of Biscay to the north.


Spain is well known worldwide for its cultural and historic background. The controversial bullfights, flamenco dance and singers, are some of the most distinctive features of this country.


Therefore, in several occasions Spain is referred to as Europe's cultural center. Added to the sun and the beaches, varied landscapes and the friendly people, all this constitute the best introduction to this destination.


Spain can be compared to a small Europe, where a wide diversity of cultures, customs, people and landscapes can be found in an area with an exceptionally rich heritage.




Main Tourist Destinations

According to the World Tourism Organization, Spain the second most visited country of the world after France.


While being a leading holiday destination, this country accounts for seven percent of the world's tourism, followed by the USA and the great Italy.


Income from tourism in 2004 was thirty seven and a half million Euros, the highest income in any nation worldwide except for the United States.


Between January and November 2005, according to the information provided by the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Tourism, about fifty two million foreign tourists visited Spain. Hence, it increased by six per cent from the same period last year.


Rural Tourism



Cataluña is the main tourist destination in Spain. Information reveals that thirteen million tourists visit this place this year, which is near the twenty five per cent of the total people that visit Spain. Hence, the number increased by a twelve per cent compared to the same period last year.

Square in Catalonia


The Balearic Islands

The remarkably beautiful Balearic Islands are the country's second most important tourist destination. Nine and a half million tourists visited the area between January and November 2005, so it increased by one percent from last year.

The Balearic Islands


The Canary Islands

The Canary Islands are the third most popular tourist destination in Spain. Some eight and a half million tourists visited this place. The number fell by two per cent compared to last year.


The Canary Islands are followed by Andalusia, which received more than seven million tourists, and the Valencian Community, with nearly five millions, which is ten per cent more than last year.


The increasingly important tourist activity of Madrid received a great boost when the headquarters of the World Tourism Organization were set up there.


The Canary Islands


Accommodation in Spain - Hotels

Owing to the vast development that has taken place in Spain regarding tourism, there are a wide range of options for hotels and accommodation available here. During the peak seasons, depending on the destinations, reservations in hotels must be made at least one month in advance.


It is possible to stay at huts, camping sites, hostels, resorts, ranches, tourist farms, depending on the area of the country you decide to visit.


International hotel chains such as Days, Four Seasons, Howard Johnson, Ibis and Meliá, among others, offer accommodation in different areas of the country. Moreover, Spain has easy access to other destinations in the area.

Accommodation in Spain