Full beaches in Andalucia on the first weekend of July

by Lorraine Williamson

PROVINCIA DE MÁLAGA – July has finally arrived and with it the long summer vacation of the Spanish children. A moment that many families in Spain use to pack their bags and drive to the beaches. At least on the weekend!

A few things are not missing in the suitcases: bikinis, bathing suits, towels, and sunscreen to lie on the beach and cool off in the sea or the pool and thus relieve the intense heat that the State Meteorological Agency (Aemet) predicted for these days. 

The best way to deal with high temperatures is to spend a few days on one of the Andalucian beaches. And, according to the newspaper NIUS.es, they are already starting to fill up this first weekend of July. 

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Matalascañas Beach, in Huelva 

On the long, wide beach of Matalascañas in Huelva, there are few places to place a parasol near the water. Moreover, this beach is popular with people from the cities of Seville, Huelva, and Mérida. It is the first summer in 2 years in which swimmers do not have to worry about the facemask, as normality has completely returned. People are not yet thinking about the increasing number of infected people and the fact that the facemask as a safety measure is again on the table for discussion at the health committee. 

The average occupancy of 73%

Tourist accommodations in Andalucia expect an average occupancy of 73% this summer. This is according to data from a survey prepared by the Andalusian System of Tourism Analysis and Statistics (Saeta). That means that between July and September, the data would improve by more than 11 points compared to the record year 2019. That year, 61.5% occupancy was reached, according to data from the National Institute of Statistics (INE). 

At the provincial level, Málaga stands out with an occupancy of 80%. Then follow other provinces on the Andalucian coast, such as Huelva (77%), Cádiz (76%), Almería (73%), and Granada, which reaches 65.7%. In the case of the interior, Córdoba foresees an occupancy of almost 57%; Seville 56%, and Jaen 50%. 

During these summer months, it is the Andalucians themselves and tourists from other Spanish regions that leave a big mark on the tourist activity in this region. Good for 26% and 29% respectively. 

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