Spain has shattered its own tourism record for the seventh year in a row: 75.3 million foreign visitors made their way to the country in 2016. That’s 7.2 million more than in 2015, for a rise of 9.9%, according to early figures from Spain’s Energy and Tourism Ministry.
Maybe it’s because they are walled in by mountains. Or because of their odd location that makes them neither from Galicia, Asturias or León – although they share traits with people from all three regions.
Spain can safely hold onto its title as the country with the most top beaches in the world.
Looking at a photograph of the imposing cathedral of Jaen in southern Spain, you might assume it to be a major historic city - a Milan, a Santiago de Compostela or Rouen.
But Jaen is one of Andalucia's forgotten treasures; a town which, despite its glory years as a strategic post during the Christian Reconquista of Spain from the Moors, has long since slipped off the tourist radar.