Sunny escapes: British tourists flock to Spain for Easter holidays

Sunny escapes: British tourists flock to Spain for Easter holidays.

Sunny escapes: British tourists flock to Spain for Easter holidays. Image: España Info.

Once again, British tourists have chosen Spain as their top destination for Easter vacations, with the Canary Islands leading the way.

round two million travellers from the UK ventured abroad during the four-day Easter period in Spain, from March 29 to April 1, according to the travel agency association ABTA.

ABTA members have reported strong demand for holidays abroad among British travellers, with a focus on destinations such as the Canary Islands, mainland Spain, Portugal, Cyprus, and Turkey.

These destinations offer milder climates compared to the UK during this time of the year.

In addition, ABTA data shows a significant influx of British tourists to European cities in recent days, with Amsterdam, Barcelona, Prague, and Dublin being popular choices for short-haul flights.

Meanwhile, New York and Dubai were favoured for long-distance travel.

However, some travellers opted for rural tourism options during Holy Week.

Mark Tanzer, CEO of ABTA, highlighted the popularity of Easter as one of the busiest times for the travel industry.

He noted that many people take advantage of the long bank holiday weekend to enjoy a break abroad, particularly when destinations offer good sunshine and beautiful spring countryside.

According to ABTA, this year’s travel figures are consistent with last year’s, indicating that people continue to prioritise holidays despite economic pressures on family budgets.

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Originally from Derbyshire, Anna has lived in the middle of nowhere on the Costa Blanca for 19 years. She is passionate about her animal family including four dogs and four horses, musicals and cooking.


    • John Parkinson

      03 April 2024 • 11:02

      Interesting the Canary Islands feature strongly as a destination.
      Tenerife do not want Brits(we are all beer and chips)!
      Let’s boycott for 12 months and watch them come back begging for us to drink the beer and eat the chips.

      • Brian

        03 April 2024 • 14:39

        Yes, please do, else they come here to Majorca!

    • M

      03 April 2024 • 14:19

      Remember that anyone wishing to enjoy an Easter vacation in Spain will be barred from entry in any EU country come the summer Holidays. A situation which should have been at the top of any negotiations between Britain and the EU as this is a win win for both parties. Food for thought

      • John Smith

        03 April 2024 • 18:01

        In fairness it does depend how long they spend on their Easter holidays – 90 days is frustrating for second home owners and those who want to escape for the winter but generally enough for two holidays I would have thought.

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