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Spain received more than 52.5 million foreign tourists in the first eight months of the year, representing an increase of 10.1% over the same period of 2015, according to the Survey of Tourist Traffic in Frontera (Frontur) released by the National Statistics Institute (INE).


In August alone Spain welcomed 10.1 million foreign tourists, which is 5.8% more than in the same month last year.

From January to August, the UK, the main source market for Spain, recorded a rise of 13%, with more than 12.4 million visitors (23.6% of total). UK was followed by France with 8.3 million international tourists, representing an increase of 9.6% (and 15.8% of the total), and Germany, which recorded a growth of 4.9% to 7.6 million visitors (14.5%).

The Nordic countries reached the fourth position as to the biggest market with 6.8% of the total and 11.8% more tourists until August, reaching 3.46 million. Meanwhile, the number of tourists from Italy increased by 4.6% to over 2.86 million visitors.

United Kingdom Is the Leader

In August, the UK, the main source market of foreign tourists to Spain, recorded a rise of 3.9%, with more than 2.28 million visitors, representing 22.6% of total entries.

The effect of ‘Brexit’ was hardly visible over the eighth month of the year since the UK market is well positioned as the first source market in the Canary Islands (31.9%), Baleares (30.1%) and Andalusia (28.1%) and as a second source market in Valencia (24.6%) and Catalonia (11.6%).

It was followed by France with 2.22 million international tourists – 22% of the total – representing an increase of 9.7%. This market is ranked first in Valencia (34%) and Catalonia (31.9%) and as a second source market in Andalusia (16.7%) and the Community of Madrid (15.2 %).

Germany, the third source market experienced a decline of 0.2% to 1.36 million visitors, which accounted for 13.4% of total arrivals.

Catalonia, Balearic Islands and Andalusia, the Main Beneficiaries

Catalonia was the destination with the most visitors, with more than 12.58 million foreign tourists, up 4.3%, accounting for nearly 24% of all international arrivals.

Followed by the Balearic Islands, which received a total of 9.65 million foreign tourists, up 10.6%, with 18.4% of the total and the Canary Islands (16.43% of the total) that captured 8.62 million international tourists, 13% more.

Andalucía welcomed 7.39 million foreign visitors, up 13.4%, and Valencia registered the largest increase of 16.2% to 5.56 million visitors. Madrid is at the end of the list of the regions with the greatest tourist increase, with more than 3.72 million visitors, up 11.8%.
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Coastal areas continue to lead the way in solidifying Spain’s property recovery and is taking the industry to new heights. Alicante is the third best province in the property purchases in Spain, as figures released by the School of Property Registrars have revealed that in Q2 2016, a total of 7,901 homes were purchased, which is an increase of 20.7% from the same period last year.


This is extremely positive news for the province and it is noted that the majority of these property purchases are concentrated in the coastal areas. Foreign investing purchasers make up to 50% of all of the buyers and it is therefore the perfect destination for those wanting a home to enjoy on the sun-kissed coast of Alicante.

Answering this growing demand, leading Spanish homebuilder, Taylor Wimpey España have just revealed details of their newest frontline development, Arenal Dream, situated in Javea, Alicante. Taylor Wimpey España are confident in the growing success of the Spanish property market and expect that there will be a continuation of this current positive trajectory. Marc Pritchard, Sales and Marketing Director, explains,

“This newest report confirms our confidence in Spain’s real estate market and we believe that this growing interest in Spanish property will thrive. The start of the year has been incredibly encouraging and the positivity surrounding the market is attracting a wide range of international buyers. We are delighted to announce the launch of our latest project and I look forward to speaking with prospective buyers.”


New sea front developments in Spain have always been in high demand and are a rare find in today’s market. Taylor Wimpey España are excited to present this new development complete with sea views and believe it will prove extremely popular with British, other European and indeed other global buyers looking for their own Spanish sea view.

Arenal Dream, Taylor Wimpey España’s newest sea front development is situated in the area of El Arenal, only 300 meters from the beach of El Arenal, awarded with a Blue Flag, and one of the best beaches in the Valencian Community. The stunning development consists of 47 properties, comprised of 2 and 3 bedroom apartments with luxurious communal areas that include a swimming pool and gardens to create a beautiful environment to relax.


With prices starting from just €220,000, all residents can enjoy the ample terrares are integrated as part of the living room that receives sunlight through the large French windows. Each property comes with an underground parking space and ground floor apartments have back and front private gardens to enjoy. It is a privileged location with many services a walking distance away such as leisure, dining, banks and supermarkets.

For more information please contact Taylor Wimpey España today on 08000 121 020 or visit http://taylorwimpeyspain.com for more information. If you reside outside of the UK you will need to call 00 34 971 706 244.

ORGANISERS of the MCW by Port Adriano event have announced that for the first time ever in Spain they will host a combined classic cars and boats exhibition, with more than 130 cars of different styles and eras on display.


The spectacular will take place on Saturday September 24 between 11.00am and 4.30pm and in addition to the exhibition the American Car Club will offer an entertainment show with live music and country dancing along with a ‘Pin-up Girl’ contest. There will also be vintage food trucks on site to give people a real taste of American culture.

Following the festival, at 5pm the much awaited ‘Concours d’Elegance’ will take place to showcase the motors and choose the best car among the selected models.

Mallorca Sense Fam, The Joy Ron Foundation and Lions International will receive proceeds from the event, and representatives will also be present to let people know about their charitable activities.

The prestigious Andalucian Open is returning to one of Europe’s most idyllic golfing destinations, the Costa del Sol, this September.

The event, held between 22nd and 25th September, is set to be broadcasted to over 100 countries and will see pro golfers Lydia Ko and Michele Wie go head to head. Having hosted over fifty tournaments in the last four decades, this region of Spain is more than prepared for the thousands of visitors due to attend this prestigious event.


As the Costa del Sol continues to host international events, the golfing prowess of the area is causing local property to become increasingly desirable to fans of the sport. The latest figures released by the Real Federación Española de Golf show that 68% of golf courses in Spain now have a direct or indirect link with a real estate development and it seems those situated on the Costa del Sol are firm favourites.

According to the most recent statistics from property consulting agency Aguirre Newman, the time it takes for a property to go on the market for sale in Spain and then be purchased by a buyer has been reduced by more than half this year. Further emphasising the growing demand is the number of new builds being introduced to the market which has increased by nearly 5% in comparison with 2015 figures. The first rise of this kind since 2007.


Seeking to provide the perfect property for golf lovers, leading Spanish homebuilder Taylor Wimpey España has recently announced that the highly anticipated show house within their Horizon Golf community is now available to view.

Marc Pritchard, Sales and Marketing Director for Taylor Wimpey España believes golf properties are favourable with holiday home buyers and investors alike. He explains,

“For fans of the sport, golf properties provide the idyllic base for any holiday or retirement plans with high quality facilities right on the doorstep. Buyers should consider properties near a golf course that is also considered a resort, offering an array of additional facilities to keep the non-golf players in the party equally as happy. Down on the Costa del Sol, also known as the ‘Costa del Golf’, the plentiful sunshine and dry, warm days allow for visits throughout every season or equally an exciting rental opportunity.”


Situated in the beautiful valley of Mijas, Horizon Golf is Taylor Wimpey de España’s second development at La Cala Resort within the complex’s famous Campo Asia golf course. With prices starting from €267,000+VAT, the private gated development offers 55 terraced homes, all with 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms and a cloakroom, as well as 48 2 or 3 bedroom apartments.

Residents will enjoy stunning panoramic views over the golf course and La Cala de Mijas with each property. Horizon Golf features luxury finishes including fully equipped kitchens, air conditioning, designer bathrooms, bedrooms with motorized blinds and secure, fully lined wardrobes.


All properties benefit from 24-hour security, communal gardens and swimming pool, as well as three 18-hole golf courses, a hydrotherapy centre and spa, La Cala Golf Academy school and an array of sports facilities all close by. Residents can reach the beautiful beaches of the Costa del Sol in just 10 minutes, with Malaga airport only 30 minutes away.


Deluge after deluge in rainy England meant families went in search of sun in August – helping Manchester Airport record its busiest summer.


Palma, Alicante and Tenerife were among the top 10 destinations flown to in August as nearly three million passengers travelled through the UK’s third largest airport last month – a 9% increase on 2015.

Dubai, Orlando and Abu Dhabi all proved popular long haul destinations with more than 100,000 travellers a day coming through Manchester’s terminals.

“Spain has certainly proved popular for families, which reflected the increase in capacity we saw from airlines to the likes of the Balearics and the Costas,” said Ken O’Toole, CEO for Manchester Airport.

“We’ve also seen growth that has been driven by new long haul services that launched this summer to the likes of Boston, Los Angeles and Beijing.”

From January Emirates will use an A380 aircraft on its morning service, meaning all three flights a day will now be served by world’s biggest passenger airliner.

Norwegian also announced it will be expanding operations this winter from Manchester, with routes to Gran Canaria and Tenerife.

In total more than six million passengers flew through a MAG airport in August, with London Stansted boasting 2,494,732 passengers, East Midlands Airport 596,155 and Bournemouth 83,598.