Why do Brits love Spain?
Everyone knows the phrase of ‘Brits abroad’ and all the negative connotations that come along with it, I would also suspect that when you think of typical ‘Brits abroad’ destinations various resorts, towns and cities in Spain will pop into the mind. You also have the island resorts, including Ibiza and Magaluf – that are notorious for rowdy British teenagers looking for a party. This may well be a jaded view of what British tourists in Spain are actually like but it is the stereotype for the Spanish loving Brits.
Spain is phenomenally popular with the British, in fact it is the most visited holiday destination alongside France for them. There is a lot of appeal for a week in the sun during the summer but there is something about the Spanish way of life, countryside and culture that keeps drawing in millions of Brits year after year after year. For some it even draws them in for life, or at least enough to purchase a property in the country. So, just what is it that draws the British to Spain?
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The prevalence of budget airlines within Europe has aided tourism to many parts of the continent and throughout the United Kingdom there are airlines including EasyJet, Ryanair and Flybe that were founded in Britain and service every corner of the country. These airlines offer people the chance to fly to countries like Spain for next to nothing, it is often possible to find a return fair to Barcelona for under £35. That’s right, all the technology and cost involved in getting you 30,000 feet in the air and travelling at 500mph can cost less than a DVD boxset. This has opened up foreign holidays to a whole new market and it is often cheaper than staying at home for a holiday.
Then you have the EU membership. Being a part of the EU means that there are no visas to apply for and no hoops to jump through, flying from a British airport to Spain just requires a passport. Once you are within mainland Europe you can travel freely between borders of other European countries thanks to the Schengen agreement – for this you do not even have to stop at a border or show your passport, meaning a road trip throughout the Iberian Peninsula is very easy to organise.
The weather is very much the favourite topic for most Brits and there is nothing better than getting away from the cold, grey miserable drizzle that is quite often the British summertime. Spain offers summer temperatures that can rival even the warmest locations on earth along with stunning coastlines and spotless beaches. The Spanish weather and culture of enjoying the summer is a big draw for all Brits looking for a nice sunny getaway. The sun also stays out in the cooler seasons with the South of Spain still regularly seeing 20 degrees throughout the winter, making it the perfect winter sun getaway.
It is not only flights that are cheap, thanks to the economic situation throughout Europe and the drastic weakening of the Euro currency, Spain is now more affordable then it has been in almost a decade. The weak currency means that there are savings of almost 10% year-on-year for things that have stayed the same price in Euros. This means that hard earned money goes a lot further now and makes the whole holiday more affordable once you have arrived in the country. This is also benefiting property investors who are not only saving money because of the currency but still taking advantage of low prices throughout the market.
It is clear the the British people love Spain for its weather, accessibility, affordability but more so the culture that it offers people and the chance to relax amongst some of the most spectacular scenery in Europe.
Article provided by Mike James, an independent content writer for the travel industry, working alongside a selection of companies including Panorama – Marbella’s largest and longest running real estate agent, who were consulted over this post.