UK is relegated to sixth place in the market for Costa del Sol tourists

Passengers arrive at the Malaga-Costa del Sol Airport.
Passengers arrive at the Malaga-Costa del Sol Airport. / SALVADOR SALAS
  • The main issuing countries for holidaymakers on the coast in the first six months of 2021 were Spain, Germany, France, the Netherlands and Belgium

Travel restrictions during the first half of the year have transformed the international scene from where the Costa del Sol attracts tourists. Data, collected by Costa del Sol Tourism, shows significant changes in the Top 10 of the main tourist-issuing markets in the midst of the coronavirus crisis.

One of the key markets, the United Kingdom, which before the pandemic sent 1.3 million holidaymakers during the same period, has been relegated to sixth place with just 45,686 British passengers ariving at Malaga airport between January and June.

Of the ten main markets, now led by Spain, Germany, France, Holland, Belgium, United Kingdom, Switzerland, Morocco, Sweden and Denmark, all of them except two, continue to show a decline despite comparing the data with 2020 when the province only received international travellers in January and February.

Some of them have suffered very sharp decline, such as the United Kingdom with a drop of 86 per cent, while the arrival of the French saw an increase of 2.3 per cent, reaching 71,327, and Morocco, whose arrivals soared by 346 per cent, to exceed 42,728 tourists.


Germany has climbed to the first position, despite the fact that 27 per cent fewer Germans arrived compared to the year in which the pandemic broke out. Specifically, from January to June there were 75,023 Germans who decided to enjoy the Costa del Sol and Malaga province.

In total Andalucía region received 675,297 international tourists in the first half of the year, which is 56.3 per cent less than in the same period of 2020, according to Spain’s National Institute of Statistics (INE), which estimated that the expenditure between January and June decreased by 59.5 per cent in year-on-year terms to 680 million euros.