Andalusia: Spanish travellers’ favourite destination

When Spanish people think of holiday, probably the first word on their mind is South. Although the north of Spain is even more charming, more affordable, less exploited and offers more complete gastronomy, tourism statistics are clear: national tourists prefer to stay in Andalusia as main destination for holiday.

Galicia, Asturias, the Basque Country, Mediterranean coast, Tarragona and Barcelona cannot compete with the almighty Andalusia. Its diverse landscapes and traditions, good connections between provinces and, especially, the high number of sunshine days in contrast with other northern communities, make it the region with highest number of national visitors every year in the entire country, with 26,6 millions of trips made by Spanish people and 7,6 millions by foreigners.

Tourism industry is especially established in coastal areas, offering all types of accommodations and holiday concepts, from rel=”nofollow”spa hotels in Chiclana, Cádiz, to golf hotels in Isla Canela, All Inclusive hotels in Torrox-Costa, Malaga, and spa hotels in Marbella.  We cannot miss the traditional accommodations in Torremolinos, resorts in El Toyo – Retamar, next to Cabo de gata, exclusive Adults Only hotels in Huelva beaches, charming hotels in the centre of Seville, and luxury resorts in Jerez.

Gastronomy stands out as far as complementary tourism offer is concerned, looking always for excellence and providing complete packages with theme getaways for enjoying the traditional cuisine, and typical wines and oils from the south of Spain.

Nature boasts its best landscapes in Huelva, the Gulf of Cádiz, Doñana National Park, Isla Cristina marshes, Roque beaches and those located close the hotels in Calas de Conil; Almeria and its Cabo de Gata-Níjar Natural Park, the surroundings of Valle del Golf, and its famous white villages route.

For those who look for culture, Seville and Granada are the favourite destinations, since they combine art, history, heritage and a unique atmosphere.  Likewise, small coastal towns such as Motril, Almuñécar or Sancti Petri are usually traditional culture centres, ideal for immersing yourself in the Andalusian roots.

Most of national trips are gathered close to the hotels in Fuengirola beach, Torremolinos, Nerja, Roquetes de Mar, El Toyo, La Barrosa and Isla Cristina.  Non-coastal towns are almost reserved to rural and active tourism experiences, family trips and travellers wanting to get away from it all and enjoy the charm of the most authentic Andalusia.  In this area, the most visited towns are those located close to Sierra Nevada, especially preferred by winter sports lovers.  Monachil, Pinos, Genil, Güejar Sierra…