Number of short breaks increases across Spain

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The number of holidays and short breaks carried out by residents in Spain has risen 5.7% in the last quarter of 2017, compared to the year before, according to figures released yesterday by the National Statistics Insitute – INE.

Over 90% of breaks are taken inside the country, whilst 9.2% of people travelled abroad.In total 40 million trips were taken in the last three months of 2017. 36 million of those trips were to other parts of Spain.

In total:

  • 1.4 million domestic visitors came to the Canaries, 3.6% of the total number.
  • 3.1 million domestic visitors came to the Costa Blanca region, 7.9% of the total number.
  • 4.7 million domestic visitors came to Catalonia, 11.8% of the total numbers.

Domestic short breaks generated €8.5 billion to the economy, with people taking on average just over three days off. Top destinations included Andalusia, Catalonia and Castilla y León.