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Choosing the right flight to get to La Manga Club

When you make the decision to holiday at La Manga Club, you are more than likely to go through the process of deciding on whether to plump for the hotel option or the self-catering option, thereafter it is a case of sitting down and deciding which of the vast range of sporting activities, Spa treatments or academy options you want to pre-book. Irrespective of what time of year you are heading to La Manga, if you have your heart set on any activities, it is well worth pre-booking them to make sure you have your spot secured for you well before you arrive. Once you have all of that organised your thoughts are almost certain to turn to travel.

Even though La Manga is a fair hike from the UK, it is perfectly doable by car, either by choosing one of the short channel ferry crossings and taking your time to travel south by car or by plumping for one of the longer Spanish ferries. The Spanish ferries will take you from the southern UK ports to Bilbao or Santander, making your sea crossing longer, but saving you time on the road. If you enjoy sea-based travel, this can be a really nice addition to a great holiday.

All of that said, most people who go to La Manga Club resort go by plane. There are a whole host of options from UK airports to get you to your destination quickly and at a good price. The airports you need to search for are Alicante and Murcia (San Javier). Murcia is the closer of the two airports at only a 20 minute drive from the resort. Alicante on the other hand is just over an hour, and neither airport run will break the bank even if you decide to travel by taxi. That said, it seems a real shame to come to this neck of the woods and restrict yourself by not hiring a car. Car hire facilities in both Alicante Airport and Murcia (San Javier) Airport are extensive and there are some great deals to be had, so itís well worth considering a car, albeit it might hardly move during your stay!

Which Spanish airport you decide works best for you is likely to be driven by where in the UK you live and which airlines prove to be the most convenient. If youíve decided that Alicante is more than likely the best airport for you, youíll have a choice of Ryanair, flythomascook, bmibaby, easyJet, Thomson Flights, Flybe,Jet2 and Monarch, depending on your location and the time of year. If youíre looking to fly from Northern Ireland, there are Aer Lingus flights from Belfast on a fairly regular basis. And if youíre coming from London Heathrow, Edinburgh or Aberdeen, you can add KLM to the list of options, albeit (on the day of searching) a fairly pricey solution.

If youíre looking to fly from Birmingham, then, depending upon the time of year, youíll have a choice between Ryanair, flythomascook and bmibaby. Bristol on the other hand offers Ryanair, Thomson Flights and easyJet. From further north, in Newcastle, you can hop on easyJet, flythomascook or Thomson flights. On the day of writing (during high season), the prices were all reasonably similar with no out and out bargains, but very reasonable high season fares across the board. Generally speaking, itís worth doing a search of the flight agencies or brokerages as well as each individual airline because sometimes theyíll give rise to an option you hadnít even considered, which is a real bonus.

If youíre heading to Murcia (San Javier) then youíll have a choice of Iberia Airlines, British Airways, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, all of which offer flight options from the major UK airports. Youíll find that prices and options to Murcia (San Javier) vary dramatically from high to low season, in accordance with demand. So, whilst during the high season, itíll probably just be a case of shopping around for the best deal, off-season, you may find that Alicante Airport offers more options for you and your family.

Once youíve identified a flight that will work for your dates and links in with your preference destination-wise, itís a question of deciding what you will book in the way of baggage. If youíre going on a golf trip, the immediate reaction is normally to book your clubs on the flight. However, at La Manga, depending on when youíre going and how much itís going to cost to transport the clubs, it may well be worth exploring the option of hiring clubs when you get there. The same is true with bikes. At La Manga, they offer a top-notch hire service across the board when it comes to equipment, with a great range of road and mountain bikes as well as left-handed golf clubs.

So, no matter when youíre heading off to La Manga, choosing the right flight for you is all about sitting down, taking a bit of time and trawling through the options. If you invest the time, then youíre sure to get a good deal.

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