Every year, millions of Brits head to the guaranteed warmth and sunshine of the Spanish Costas. In January and February of 2015 alone, over 1.2million Brits flocked to Spain for a spot of winter sunshine, making up the largest number of tourists to Spain by far. We have a love affair with Spain, with millions making it not just their holiday destination but their permanent home. So what is causing this record breaking boost to Spanish tourism?

Spanish sunshine all year round

We might have had a great summer here in the UK, but even on a good day we’d be hard pushed to match Spanish sunshine levels. In the winter the difference is even more noticeable. While we’re struggling to get into double figures in the UK, destinations like Lanzarote and Tenerife are basking in 24°C.

Variety is the spice of Spanish life

Top of the travel league for sun lovers and beach bums are the Canary Islands, which in January and February of 2015 accounted for over 31% of all Spanish tourists. Over two million sun starved holidaymakers head to the Canaries in the winter months, and with great New Year and last minute deals on offer it’s a great budget choice for family holidays to Spain too.

City breaks come in a close second to beach holidays. Catalonia, which offers both beach holidays and citybreak favourites like Barcelona, attracted over 1.5million visitors in the first two months of 2015, that’s nearly a quarter of all of Spain’s tourists.

The Brexit effect

The Yes vote back in June certainly had an effect on tourism, but not nearly as dramatic as was predicted. In fact, there was barely a blip in the numbers of Brits heading to Spain for their holidays after the vote, mainly because most of them had taken advantage of early booking back in January and February.

It seems we’re still in love with everything Spanish, and the Brit’s passion for sun, sea and sangria looks set to boost Spanish tourism numbers into 2017 too.