According to figures reported by, the number of foreign tourists to Spain has increased by 4.6% to nearly 2.8million in January compared to last year.

The total visitors to the country reached 56.7 million last year, which was an increase of 7.6% from 2010 and this positive trend looks set to continue in 2012.

Spanish destinations that have seen the most growth include the Canary islands seeing an increased of 8.1%, Catalunya with 8.2% rise and the exciting city of Madrid seeing a whopping 15% increase.

The Canary Islands are thought to have benefited from tourists avoiding countries facing troubles likeEgyptandTunisia.

Some areas have suffered in lower visitor number in January compared to 2011, these include Andalusia, Comunidad, Valenciana and theBalearic Islands.

Friendship travel offer singles holidays in winter to Madrid as well as summer holidays to Mallorca.

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