Tourists wearing protective face masks walk with their luggage as they arrive at Malaga. | JON NAZCA

The number of foreign tourists visiting Spain rose to 1.36 million in May, up from virtually zero who came in May 2020 when the country was under a strict lockdown, the National Statistics Institute (INE) said on Friday.

The number of tourists more than doubled from April 2021 as travel restrictions were eased but was still 83% lower than in May 2019, the data showed.

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Foreign tourists spent a total 1.39 billion euros in May, 83% less than in the same month in 2019, INE said.