An industry report reveals that Spain and its islands are the preferred beach destination among British holidaymakers looking to escape the dismal British weather.
Of the top five beach destinations in Europe, Majorca, Tenerife, Lanzarote and Ibiza make the top four. The only non-Spanish representative is the cost-effective resort of Dalaman in Turkey. Spain has been a long-time favourite for British holidaymakers. The short flights are appealing, especially for parents with young families and with miles of golden beaches, tasty tapas and raging nightlife, there are few countries within easy reaching distance that can rival Spain.
Notorious for their nightlife and wild parties, the Spanish islands are clearly the favoured hot-spots for young bargain-hunters in search of sun on last-minute deals. But Spain offers a wide variety of beach breaks and cultural city getaways for families and couples as well.
The Costas along the Andalusian coast have been a firm favourite for years, and in over the last couple of decades, the impressive architecture of stylish destinations such as Barcelona and Valencia have attracted bohemians and trendsetters.
Spain has a reputation for fiestas and siestas and with a host of unique festivals like the Pamplona Bull run and the tomato throwing La Tomatina in Bunol, tourists looking for something different from their holiday will not be disappointment with a unique last minute getaway.
The report also found that other popular destinations for short-notice geataways include Cyprus, Turkey, and Greece. It seems that when booking holidays late, travellers will favour inexpensive destinations, despite all of these destinations being newsworthy recently. The important thing is that travel can support local economies—and inexpensive local economies can support tourism, as well.