After having thronged Spanish destinations during summer holidays this year, it seems a number of tourists are looking forward to winter sun hotspots in Spain, says a UK-based online travel company.

According to the travel agents at, summer destinations in Spain proved to incredibly popular; figures from the Spanish Ministry of Industry, Tourism and Commerce supported that claim.

Spain has always been popular with people looking to get away in the summer months, and this year many people returned to the country, said Ian Raine, from the online tour operator.

According to data released by the Spanish tourism ministry this week, the number of tourists arriving in Spain increased by over eight percent during the summer months (July to September) as compared to the same period the previous year. In fact, September, alone, saw nearly six million tourists flocking to the country, making the month one of the best on record.

Two destinations that proved to be the most popular were the Canary and the Balearic Islands (including Majorca and Ibiza). The Canary Islands saw a massive increase of over 20 percent in the number of visitors between January and September; British tourists, in particular, favored these places in 2011.

The Web site also found that cheap holidays to Tenerife, the most populated island in the Canary Islands archipelago, was popular. The company expects winter vacationers as well at Tenerife, which is a famous winter sun hotspot.

As winter approaches the country will see increases in the number of people looking to getaway to Tenerife and other winter sun hotspots. Spain has spent a lot of time investing in the tourism industry and their attention to this particular sector has paid off, Raine added.