TOURISTS who choose Almeria province to spend their holidays remain in the province for longer than those in the rest of Andalucia.
According to data published by the National Institute of Statistics (INE), the average stay of tourists in Almeria in May this year was 3.29 days, while the average in the whole of the region was 2.27 and the average for the whole of Spain was 3.17.
This could be because it takes some time to get to Almeria by road or train, and costs more than other provinces if coming by plane, so the tourists feel they need to make it worth their while, but in any case, only Malaga and Huelva showed average stays of more than three days in Andalucia, while the other five provinces ranged between 1.62 days in Cordoba and 2.72 days in Cadiz.
In total, there were 63,155 overnight stays in the province in May, making Almeria coast the sixth favourite tourist area for that month out of 20 locations named in the INE report. However, with 80,783 visitors, of which 14,987 were foreigners, Almeria beat only Jaen in the whole of Andalucia.