Europeans are still flocking to the scorching Mediterranean. But extreme heat could dent bookings in future

Spain and Italy may still be among the most popular destinations for Europeans to take their vacations, but there are signs scorching weather in southern Europe has started to change travelers’ calculations on where to go in the future.

According to the European Travel Commission, a Brussels-based association of European tourism organizations, the number of European tourists planning to travel to Mediterranean destinations in the summer and fall has dropped 10% compared with the same period last year.

Spain, Italy, France, Croatia and Greece were still the most popular destinations, but places like the Czech Republic, Bulgaria, Ireland, and Denmark had seen a “surge in popularity,” the ETC said in a statement this month after conducting a survey of around 6,000 people.