The number of British visitors to the Spanish city of Valencia passed the 100,000 mark in 2017, its tourist board has revealed.

The record figure was helped by new direct flights from three UK airports – Luton, Glasgow and Edinburgh – it said.

In total, UK arrivals to Spain’s third largest city reached 108,624 last year, a 14.2% year-on-year increase on 2016.

Overnight stays grew to 321,996, up by 17.2% compared to the year before. Brits, along with the Italian and Dutch, top the list of international source markets for the city.

And the tourist board expects the number of British visitors to Valencia to continue to risein 2018 as the Spanish city will gain direct link with two more UK airports.

Ryanair will begin a new service from Bristol in March and easyJet a new route from Belfast International in June.  After they start, there will be direct flights from nine UK airports.