SPAIN’S NAUTICAL TOURISM GROW FOR 48% SINCE 2019
Nautical tourism in Spain has grown nearly 50% since 2019, according to data from two boat rental websites, demonstrating the increased importance of the market segment beyond the influences of the Covid-19 pandemic. The Balearic Islands is the current hotspot for tourists, both foreign and domestic.
Ibiza remains a decades-long favorite destination for Brits, French and Italian visitors. British tourists further enjoy Mallorca, Marbella, Minorca, and Barcelona by rank.
Mallorca ranks second among German boat tourists, who tend to prefer Croatia, Spain’s largest nautical competitor, while the French enjoy Barcelona, Minorca and Mallorca; and the Italians lean toward Formentera and Minorca.
Domestic nautical tourism in Spain has locals flocking to Minorca, Ibiza, Mallorca, Barcelona, and Costa Blanca in order of preference. The typical Spanish nautical tourist this summer is a male from Madrid, Barcelona, and Valencia, aged 45 to 55, and list interest in gastronomy and sport in the destinations to which they travel.
Favorite boats for hire are motorboats, then inflatables, sailboats, and catamarans. In the case of inflatable boats and motorboats, these are usually used for one-day excursions. Catamarans and sailboats are generally rented for periods of seven days.