French overtake Brits as Spain's number one tourist as numbers down nearly 80% from last year.

Britain has been knocked off its traditional top spot as Spain’s most important foreign tourism market for the first time in decades.

The British isles usually has the most number of foreign tourists in Spain and her islands but have been knocked off of it’s perch by the French due to the coronavirus.

Only 378,000 tourists visited Spanish territories this year, down from 2.2 million at the same time last year.

The number of French visitors were also down by 58 per cent compared to the 82 per cent UK plunge with 597,000 French nationals picking Spain this July compared to 1.43 million last July.

Germany kept second place with 432,302 tourists compared to 1.24 million in July, a drop of 65 per cent.

Stats show that for every 8 out of 10 French tourists who go to Spain, they do so by road and miss out on the strict quarantine rules.

By contrast 94 per cent of Brits who reached Spain in July did so by plane, official figures from the country’s National Statistics Institute INE show.

And since the UK put Spain on the ‘red list’ for travel meaning 14 days quarantine upon return, this has made people stay home.

Spain received 18 million tourists from the UK last year and 11 million from France and Germany each.


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