Spain closes 2018 with 82.8 million foreign tourists, 1.1% more and new historical record

In 2018, Spain managed to beat its historic record in international tourist arrivals for the sixth consecutive year, with a record of 82.8 million visitors – almost one million tourists more than in 2017 – which means growth of 1.1 % with respect to the previous year, according to the Frontur survey data published by the National Institute of Statistics (INE).

During 2018, foreign tourists who visited Spain spent 89,856 million euros, a new historic high and a figure 3.3% higher than in 2017, according to the tourism expenditure survey published today by the statistical agency.

Each tourist who visited Spain during 2018 spent an average of 1,086 euros, 2.2% more than in 2017, and remained in the country an average of 7.4 days, slightly below the 2017 record.

In the last month of last year, 4.4 million international tourists visited Spain, 9.7% more than in the same month of 2017, according to Frontur data.


During 2018, the main markets for tourists arriving in Spain were the United Kingdom, Germany and France.

The United Kingdom, with 18.5 million tourists, 1.6% less, remained the main issuer of visitors, followed by Germany, with 11.4 million tourists, 4.1% less. In contrast, the number of French tourists increased by 0.7%, to 11.3 million.

Catalonia was the main destination community during 2018, with 19.1 million tourists, practically the same figure as in 2017. Behind were the Balearic Islands, with 13.8 million, 0.5% more, and the Canary Islands, with 13 , 7 million and a decrease of 3.3%.