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Tourism to Andalucia

Map of Andalucia showing 8 provinces
Map of Andalucia showing 8 provinces

international TOURISTS to ANDALUCIA

Foreign Tourists or International Tourism

In 2019 Andalucia received 12.1 million international tourists. 3.4% up on 2018. There has been consistent growth from 2010 to 2019. International tourists means country of residence not Spain and whose main visit in Spain is to Andalucia.

These figures would place Andalucia (if a country) about 25th in a world league of foreign tourist arrivals.

In 2020 Andalucia received 2.7 million tourists. January and February were up about 3% on 2019 but after mid-March the borders were either closed or complicated for tourists to arrive due to the Coronavirus pandemic.   

The total international tourist spend is an average holiday spend per tourist of  1,067 euro and with an average stay of 11 nights this is an average daily spend of 97 euro

This holiday spending is generally broken down into about 20% on transport, 25% on accommodation, 15% in a package holiday, 15% in restaurants or food and 20% in excursions.

Those staying in hotels averaged 8 nights whilst those not in hotels averaged 16 nights. The principal arrival was via an airport at 80% and by road 8%.

A minority of foreign tourists now arrive as part of a package holiday as 80% travel independently.

There is very much a high season as  3.2 million or 37%  arrive in July, August or September.    

Main reason for coming to Andalucia according to a survey are:

  • Climate 26%
  • Beach 15%
  • Cultural 17%
  • Monuments 11%
  • Visit Family 8%
  • Price 5%
  • Nature 5%
  • Golf 3%
  • Ski 1%
  • Other reasons 10%

International TOURISTS in ANDALUCIA - BY YEAR

In the table and the graph below we see the increase in international (ie non Spanish) tourist arrivals in Andalucia from the year 2000 to 2007 and then the fall to 2010 with a rise to 2019.

 

Year Number
   
2000
6,991,973
2001
7,591,511
2002
7,686,167
2003
7,908,400
2004
7,943,253
2005
8,351,628
2006
7,975,629
2007
8,429,556
2008
7,975,202
2009
7,465,415
2010
7,437,435
2011
7,884,875
2012
7,577,651
2013
7,871,110
2014 8,501,990
2015
9,365,233
2016 10,570,898
2017 11,520,000
2018 11,680,000
2019 12,080,000
2020 2,704,566

Source: Instituto Nacional de Estadistica. Movimentos turisticas en frontera. Frontur

International Tourists to Andalucia - by month

Month Int Tourists  2019 Int Tourists 2020 Int Tourists 2021
       
January 436,073 606.190 49.716
February 472,605 625.033 28.861
March 659,339 302.928 51.087
April 923,021 0 83.460
May 1,033,106 0 116.330
June 962,995 14,183 296.044
July 884,341 359,725 554.924
August 924,449 364,111  
September 1,048,117 179,214  
October 994,193 143,378  
November 545,964 49,227  
December 453,304 60.577  
       

Source: Instituto Nacional de Estadistica. Movimentos turisticas en frontera. Frontur

International Tourists to Andalucia - by country

British Tourists to Andalucia - by month

Month British Tourists  2019 British Tourists 2020 British Tourists 2021
       
January 122,322 112,897 6.335
February 150,208 153,590 1.475
March 229,738 82,073 4,855
April 296,588 0 3,930
May 356,600 0 14,375
June 312,606 0 26,596
July 326,841 76,636 70.486
August 327,039 66,573  
September 331,482 42,251  
October 29.,640 31,824  
November 138.247 9,350  
December 129,537 7,756  
Total 3,012,848 582,950  

Source: Instituto Nacional de Estadistica. Movimentos turisticas en frontera. Frontur

In the table below, for 2011 and 2010 and 2009, we show the international tourists in Andalucia by their country or region of residence.

   

Country 2011 2010 2009
       

UK

2,485,000

2,280,000

2.585.000

France

1,014,000

897,000

923,000

Germany

836,000

859,000

761.000

Scandanavia

564,000

547,000

476.000

Ireland

269,000

334,000

403.000

Rest of Europe

2,002,000

1,813,000

1.605.000

Rest of World

711,000

707,000

603.000

Total

7,885,000

7,437,000

7.359.000

Source: Source: Instituto Nacional de Estadistica. Frontur.

 

Tourist visits to towns in Andalucia

Tourist visits to towns in Andalucia are measuread by INE from hotel occupation records. They don't reflect when a town receives day trip visits only overnight stays. A tourist staying serveral nights is counted once however a tourist changing hotel will be counted twice.

Town (2019) International Tourists Spanish Residents
     
Almería 87,161 237,107
Mojácar 46,902 194,636
Níjar 16,616 66,556
Roquetas de Mar 133,337 439,087
Algeciras 129,688 117,489
Arcos de la Frontera 17,754 39,855
Cádiz 115,828 148,695
Jerez de la Frontera 115,782 199,941
Puerto de Santa María, El 39,151 167,615
Tarifa 79,172 89,282
Córdoba 449,314 521,672
Granada 1,100,048 901,413
Cazorla 3,412 40,923
Antequera 49,053 96,701
Benalmádena 372,233 237,921
Estepona 206,683 113,673
Fuengirola 320,786 189,737
Málaga 873,932 539,295
Marbella 553,379 208,082
 Nerja 142,738 83,137
Ronda 163,478 98,650
Torremolinos 630,216 397,859
Sevilla 1,630,446 1,180,906

Source: Source: Instituto Nacional de Estadistica.

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