Nearly half of Europe’s top 10 tourist sites are in Spain

Four out of 10 of Europe's most visited tourism hotspots are in Spain.

Nearly half of Europe's top 10 tourist sites are in Spain
Thousands of tourists sunbathe on the beach of Las Vistas in Los Cristianos on the southern coast of the Canary island of Tenerife. File Photo: Desiree Martin/AFP

The Canary Islands is the most visited site in the EU, according to overnight tourism figures for 2015 released by Eurostat today.

Catalunya came in third, the Balearic Islands – which include Mallorca and Ibiza – was ranked 5th, with Andalusia in 7th place. 

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According to the Eurostat document, the Canary Islands registered a total of 94 million overnight stays in 2015. Catalunya had just over 70 million nights spent in tourism facilities. 

Nearly 90% of tourism nights spent in the EU are by EU residents, says the report. 

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In 2016 the total money spent by tourists in Spain amounted to €77 billion, a record, according to figures from the country's Ministry of Energy and Tourism. 

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