Spain welcomed more than 7.7 million overseas visitors in May, 87% of the pre-pandemic May 2019 figure, according to Turespaña statistics.

The figures also show that the degree of recovery this May compared to the same month in 2019 is two percentage points higher than those recorded in April.

“Our islands are approaching pre-pandemic figures, with recovery percentages of over 95% which are favoured by the return of one of our main markets, the British. Undoubtedly, one of the elements that, unlike what happened in 2021, is allowing a solid reactivation of the international tourists that our country receives,” said Minister of Industry, Commerce and Tourism, Maria Reyes Maroto.

In addition, the figures reveal 25% of travellers came from the UK and predominantly visited the Balearic Islands. The stats also show 77.6% of visitors from Britain travelled with a low-cost airline, Schengen Visa Info reports. A total of 1,979,969 UK visitors were registered at Spanish airports over the month.

Moreover, 1,216,275 travellers arrived in Spain from Germany in May, with the majority also opting for the Balearic Islands. Half of travellers opted to fly with a low-cost airline. Spain welcomed 644,663 passengers from Italy during May, predominantly visiting Catalonia and Madrid, and 637,943 visitors from France.

The Turespaña figures reveal that the Balearics (1,675,941), Madrid (1,604,603) and Catalonia (1,535,533) welcomed the most overseas visitors in May, although the recovery was also bolstered in the Canary Islands.

The rise in visitor numbers is mainly due to the lifting of coronavirus restrictions in the country. Curbs were eased for passengers entering Spain from EU and Schengen Zone countries, including the need to provide proof of vaccination, a negative Covid result or proof of having recovered from the virus.

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