Spain Remains a Hot Holiday Destination in 2017

Filed in Holidays in Spain by on January 20, 2016

Spain holiday destination map

Hot holiday destination as bookings continue  to soar

It seems that Spain is the hottest destination for Brits to visit in 2016, with many resorts enjoying an increase in holiday bookings year on year. Most notably with Reus up 60 percent, Alicante up 40 percent, Girona up a massive 109 percent and Jerez in Costa De La Luz up a whopping 890 percent.

Data supplied by UK travel agent Holiday Hypermarket revealed that Alicante on the Costa Brava has continued to grow in popularity across all age groups, except those in the 35-44 bracket, who now seem to favour Catalonia and the Costa Dorada as a hot holiday destination. The 55-64 and 65+ age groups saw the steepest increase in bookings, with 53 percent and 45 percent increases respectively.

Holiday Hypermarket’s customers seem to have a love-hate relationship with Malaga: while the 25-44 age range seems to have fallen out of love with the city, the 45+ age range are still enamoured, with bookings up by a third on average. Bookings from older travellers in particular were up 57 percent, who are perhaps looking for a spot of sun given our changeable weather over the last few springs and early summers. There has also been increased booking in the 17-24 age bracket, in line with the popularity of TOWIE and their religiously followed mantra of “no carbs before Marbs”.

Catalonia and the Costa Dorada are proving to still be popular with all age groups and remain firm favourites as a top holiday destination, with bookings up 91 percent year on year. Of that group, 81 percent are heading to Salou, with 55 percent of them booking half-board accommodation, suggesting that there is plenty to do out and about in Salou. Bookings to Girona have doubled for middle-aged travellers, and increased by 83 percent for seniors, while Reus is up significantly across all age groups.

Playa de las Americas

Playa de las Americas

Costa De Almeria, Spain’s hidden coast, also seems to be a popular destination with the over 65s, with bookings up a huge 200 percent. Reservations are up 42 percent for the year to date, so it appears that this trend is set to continue throughout the rest of the year. There are thousands of money saving holiday deals to Spain out there as the top tour operators slash their prices to tempt holiday makers to book early for 2016

A representative from Holiday Hypermarket commented: “The sharp increase in bookings is prevalent across several areas of Spain, highlighting the strong pull that Spain has for UK holidaymakers. Our findings show that Spain has lost none of its popularity, despite stiff competition from new and upcoming destinations.” With Spain having a record year for tourism in 2014, with 14.3 million Brits visiting the country, it seems there is no limit to the draw that Spain has on tourists.

Main tourist attractions in Spain

Madrid impresses with a spectacular and hectic pace of life, diversity and through its many tourists, eager to discover the wonders of the city. Here, you can see Sol, the most famous market in the city, you can go to Flamenco shows, and you can walk on the bohemian Malasana district or on the most modern neighbourhood: Gran Via.

Madrid - Spain

Madrid – Spain

Barcelona is undoubtedly the most popular city among tourist’s preferences. It impresses with its architecture, being such a vibrant city. A trip to Barcelona is an unforgettable holiday. The crowded streets and architectural works of Gaudi definitely will impress you.

Granada is a city that lives from agriculture and tourism, so, here, tourists are treated royally. The city is famous for its historical buildings from the time of the Moors and from the Gothic and Renaissance period. Furthermore, Granada is famous for its countless artists playing guitar amazingly. Among other things, you can visit the Alhambra Palace in Granada, the Generalife Gardens (Alhambra) and Albaicin district.

Barcelona Sagrada Familia

Barcelona Sagrada Familia


Santiago de Compostela is a truly impressive old town (which is why it was inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List ), so you should not miss the small and cozy streets of this wonderful city. Protected by strong winds, high cliffs and islands, La Concha in San Sebastian, is recognized as one of the best city-beach destinations in Europe,  San Sebastian in Spain is also perfect destination for cultural holidays in Spain.

San Sebastian Spain

San Sebastian Spain

Even though it’s a small town, Valencia is charming enough to keep tourists busy for a few days. If you arrive in Valencia, do not forget to try the famous Spanish dish Paella Valenciana that was born right in this town.

Located between Madrid and Valencia, Cuenca is a magnificent example of medieval town built in the mountains. The “hanging houses” are lifted directly into the rock, making Cuenca one of the most fascinating cities in Spain, a gem of the Castilla La Mancha province.

In Bilbao, you’ll discover the Guggenheim Museum, one of the most important museums in Spain. Here you may taste the famous pintxos. The city is a major port and industrial center, situated on the River Nervion. Even so, Bilbao is in a permanent modernization, especially in the recent years, when the city boasts with a very efficient metro system.

The Guggenheim Museum

The Guggenheim Museum

Ibiza is one of the most popular holiday destinations on the Balearic Islands in the Mediterranean Sea, located off the coast of Spain. The island is one of the most popular destinations in Europe, especially when we think of entertainment and frenetic nightlife.

It goes without saying that arguably the biggest draw for visitors to Spain each year is the incredibly temperate and sunny climate, its fantastic selection of beaches and huge array of accommodation choice.