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England, Germany = more than 50% of tourists
England is first country with 28,4%, followed closely by Germany with 24,2% and then France, Italy and Sweden each represent 6% of tourists.
Spain is the number one destination in Europe for tourists
Spain is without any doubt the number one destination for holidays in Europe. For the last yearly statistics available from Eurostat, Spain represented 20% of all the nights spent by tourists. Italy and France are respectively second and third with 15% and 10% of the tourists. Have a look at our news “What are the most favourite tourist destinations in Europe” to read more on that.
United Kingdom, France and Germany are the biggest buyers of real estate in Spain
This is not a surprise to us that England and Germany are the first two countries in terms of tourists flying to Spain. If you compare those statistics to our recently released infographic on “Who are the foreigners buying real estate in Spain?” you will note that United Kingdom is the first country with 17.7% of the foreign buyers during the last year (data available up to September 2016), followed by France with 8.9% and Germany and Sweden with each 7% of the purchases. So, you find the same countries in both rankings.
First people take some holidays then they love it and they come back to buy a property?
Foreigners bought 17% of properties in Spain during the last year.
As you can see in the chart, Foreigners bought 17%(green line, right scale), i.e. 77.000 properties (dark blue columns, left scale) of all the properties sold in Spain last year (red line, left scale). You surely noticed that the number of transactions per year (red line, left scale) is spiking. As you are one of our readers, you surely know why! If not check our “10+ reasons why you should buy in Spain now“.