Spain to cement the top spot again as Britain’s best-loved destination, predicts ABTA

Spain is set to cement its status as Britain’s best-loved holiday destination in 2013, according to a new travel trends report.

Travel association ABTA revealed that it expects the European favourite to retain its number one position as most popular overseas destination this year. More than 11 million tourists visited the country last year, but ABTA believes it will attract even more visitors in 2013.

In fact, over half of the UK’s visitors to Spain have been to the country ten or more times, with 90 per cent saying they have visited at least twice.

An ABTA spokesperson said that Spain’s financial problems will help the country to become even more affordable for tourists: “Spain’s financial problems are expected to continue the trend for good value in bars and restaurants and a relatively healthy exchange rate will further boost UK holidaymakers’ spending power.”

The association predicts that the Balearics will remain hot favourites as Mallorca’s capital Palma becomes one of the premier destinations for city breaks. Palma is also one of Spain’s busiest airports during the peak summer season and the destination has seen a sharp rise in Russian holidaymakers  lately, too.

Meanwhile, Northern Spain is also expected to grow in popularity, with nature lovers attracted to the region’s spectacular mountainous terrain in Galicia.

Spain’s top tourist spots including Malaga, Alicante and city break favourite Barcelona remain among Europe’s favourite sun-and-sea tourist resorts.

The Costa del Sol was one of the original timeshare destinations in the 1960s. Top timeshare brands like Club La Costa have a strong presence in the Marbella area, with a number of developments at their flagship resort in Mijas Costa and it continues to grow as a luxury fractional property destination as well, partly due to the superb choice of golf courses. Fractional developers with a focus on Marbella include Taylor Woodrow Espana.

Guaranteed sunshine for around 320 days a year, a temperate winter climate and easy access from most airports in Europe are all contributing factors that have helped make the Costa del Sol one of timeshare’s biggest success stories.  It has a strong following of golfers, too – the Marbella region has more golf courses per capita than anywhere else in the world, along its long 160km coastline.

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