Spain received 5.6 million international tourists in March, 4.7% more than the same month in 2018.
According to the INE data, the UK was the main country of residence for March’s visitors. More than 1.1 million Brits arrived representing 19.7% of the total. However, the figure was 6.2% lower than in March last year.
German and French tourists were the next most numerous visitors. More than 800,000 Germans came to Spain in March, 1.3% lower than last year. More French tourists visited however, with 677,518 making the trip in March, 4.6% more than last year.
Other countries recording significant growth were Russia (27.2% more), Portugal (23.6% more) and the USA (18.4% more).
Destination by Autonomous Community
The Canary Islands took the most tourists in March with 23.7% of the total. Catalonia (22.6%) and Andalucía (15.1%) followed.
More than 1.3 million international visitors travelled to the Canary Islands in March, 0.5% less than in March last year. The main emitting countries for visitors to the islands were the UK (with 31.6% of the total) and Germany (20%).
The number of visitors to Catalonia increased by 4.9% to reach 1.3 million. 20.9% of those visitors came from France.
Andalucía attracted over 850,000 visitors in March, an annual increase of 8%. The UK was the main country of origin with 27.4% of the total, followed by Germany (10.8%).
In the other communities, the number of international visitors increased by 21.9% in Madrid and by 2.4% in Valencia. Meanwhile, the Balearic Islands suffered with an 8.8% fall in numbers.
January to March
Over the first three months of the year the number of international tourists visiting Spain increased by 3.7%, reaching 14.2 million.
The main emitting country so far this year was the UK with more than 2.8 million tourists, a decrease of 1.6%. German tourists so far number almost 1.9 million, an increase of 0.9%, while almost 1.7 million French tourists have been to Spain since January, 0.3% more than the same period last year.
In the first three months of 2019 the communities that received the most tourists are the Canary Islands (with almost 3.7 million and a decrease of 1.2% compared to the same period of 2018), Catalonia (with more than 3.2 million and an increase of 3.9%) and Andalucía (with almost 2.1 million, 7.6% more).