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Tourist records in Andalusia

The Andalucian coast attracts tourists like never before. The hotels are looking forward to the best autumn and winter since before the financial crisis.


Ocean Club, Marbella. Photo Jonny Erixon

This applies to almost all Andalusia and especially on the Costa del Sol and Costa de la Luz. But even Huelva has had an increase, albeit at a slightly more modest scale. Hotel bookings are so high that the winter closure of the hotels on the Costa del Sol has fallen by 30%, and those who are closing for the winter are closing later than usual. In the Malaga province there are now 33,000 more beds available than at the same time last year.

Tourist authorities are expecting 4,205 million overnight stays in Andalusia in October, which is an increase of 4.9% compared with last year. If you look at September, employment in the hotel industry has increased by 5% this year. The increase on the Costa del Sol comes at the expense of a decline in the Balearics and the Costa Brava. A better autumn and winter climate of the Costa del Sol is considered the main reason for this.


Playa Caleta,Cádiz. Photo: Wikimedia.

Cadiz extends season
Autumn 2015 will be a milestone for tourism in Cadiz. It is the first time that the province has become a haven for tourists. In this case it is the great German travel group TUI that uses Cadiz as an alternative for those Germans who usually travel to the eastern Mediterranean. Problems with the mass migration of Syrians have led to increased security checks and other practical problems, meaning that the German tourists do not want to travel there. Thus TUI is now directing flights from Jerez to Dusseldorf, Frankfurt, Hanover, Hamburg and Munich. They are extending their travels until late November. (Until now, the routes between Germany and Jerez always have been finished in October and beach hotels have tended to close in early November -. But this year any closures are postponed until November 26th)

Record Season in Huelva
The whole season has been good with almost fully booked hotels this summer. In September hotel occupancy is between 80 and 85%, and in October, it appears to be 75% occupancy.

Playa El Portil, Huelva. Photo: Tomás Fano.

Playa El Portil, Huelva. Photo: Tomás Fano.