Almeria tourism boom: how did it happen?

Flickr, Santi Villamarín

ALMERIA Province had a record number of foreign visitors this summer. The tourist sector is unsure as to how this happened, describing it as “somewhere between a tourist revolution and a miracle.”

Three routes to Birmingham, East Midlands and Dusseldorf had been discontinued, along with a reduction in charter flights from Belgrade, Helsinki, Oslo and Aalborg. Overall this added up to a 30 per cent reduction in international passenger traffic for El Alquian airport, which lost all of the passengers it gained between January and March. In July it was one of Spain’s worst-performing airports.

Happily, these discouraging figures do not tally with occupancy statistics. The province received 28,108 foreign tourists in June, almost double those of June 2014. This rose to 37,153 in July, 6,000 more than in during the same month last year.

A total of 698,404 people stayed in Almeria Province between January and August, the best seven-month period since the 748,172 registered in 2008.


  1. Personally I have felt that over the last couple of years the town halls have been trying to push foreign tourists away from places on the Mijas Coast, Fuengirola, Mijas, Torremolinos, Benalmadena etc. I really do get the impression that it is Spanish tourists the town halls want but then I feel there was a lot less of them this summer also. It might also be the fact that Almeria is more like old Spain, it is not full of cafes, bars and a concrete jungle as the Fuengirola Marbella end of the coast and so the locals and Police probably more friendly towards them with the prices also being cheaper in general. I really think Spain “did it’self in” by joining the EU, the reason the majority of people came here was because of the sun and it was cheap, well they still have the sun but it isn’t as cheap holiday anymore, certainly not on the lower Costa del Sol.

    There might be other reasons but can’t seem to actually think what they might be to be honest!


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