National tourism in Spain - statistics & facts

Tourists practically always come to mind when picturing Spain. In a country that ranked second in terms of inbound international tourism, this industry is key for the Spanish economy. Yet Spain is often overlooked among the largest outbound tourism countries. Do Spaniards not travel? Nothing could be further from the truth. In fact, Spain registered approximately 174 million trips that were estimated to be worth about 48 billion euros in 2019. The vast majority of these were, however, within Spanish borders, that is, domestic tourism.

Spaniards mostly travel across their country in their own vehicles, for leisure purposes and stay at their friends’ or relatives’ homes. The Community of Madrid was the source region of the largest number of travelers, whereas Andalusia was the most common holiday destination, ahead of other tourist areas such as Catalonia or the Region of Valencia. The average stay of a domestic vacation is about 3.6 days and expenditure amounts to 179 euros. In contrast, when Spaniards spend their holidays abroad, they normally travel by plane and stay in hotels. They also travel for leisure, but the length of their stay is about seven days and the travel spendingamounts to 780 euros.

Whatever the destination may be, the most common social profile among Spanish visitors is a person aged 30 to 64 years old, employed and holder of a higher education diploma. Younger generations aged between 15 and 29 years old travel more often than pensioners, although the latter go on holiday more frequently than the unemployed population. The latest studies also reveal that Spaniards like spending time with their loved ones, as they normally go on vacation with their partners or family.

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