THE Costa Blanca is proving more popular than ever.
Figures for the start of the year show a total of 1,869,411 foreign tourists visited the Valencia Region between January and May; 20.2 per cent more than the same period last year and well above the national 13 per cent average increase in visitors. The increase in the region was also higher than other popular tourist hotspots of Madrid, Cataluña and the Canary Islands.
Regional head of Tourism, Francesc Colomer, said the figures bode well for a successful summer, particularly as travel agents report an increase in enquiries of Spain amidst political unrest and terrorist fears in other popular destinations such as Egypt, Tunisia and Turkey.
The number of French tourists to the Costa Blanca in the first half of the year increased by 44.9 per cent, followed by the UK with 29.6 per cent more than in 2015 and Scandinavia with 16.8 per cent.