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Buy a 'bargain property in Spain'

Reductions in the price of Spanish property has created a great deal of buyer interest, it has been claimed.

According to overseas property resource, "bargains" are now becoming available on the Spanish property market.

Adam Samuel, director of the company, said: "Now there's quite a lot of distressed or below market value properties on the market, while you're seeing up to 50 per cent reduction in price and it's bringing people out to buy.

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Abta urges government to scrap aviation tax

The Travel Association – Abta – is urging the government to make flights to Spain and other destinations even cheaper by scrapping aviation tax.

According to Abta, the government should follow the lead of the Dutch authorities and do away with Air Passenger Duty.

Andy Cooper, head of development at the organisation, said the authorities must see sense and avoid further damage to the country's tourism and aviation industries.

"The Dutch government's proposal to bin their own aviation tax will greatly benefit their own economy with the added effect of yet more airlines giving up on over-taxed Britain and re-routing to the continent," he commented.

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Holidays in Spain 'won't break the bank'

Brits can still enjoy holidays in Spain this year, despite the credit crunch.

Speaking to the Daily Mail recently, author and journalist Richard Browning said there are plenty of ways people can save money.

One of his top tips is to stay in accommodation which has some kitchen facilities, enabling holidaymakers to prepare some of their own meals.

"And when you get to your destination try to walk around as much as possible.

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Holidaying with hand-luggage 'is possible'

Those taking holidays in Spain could save money by travelling with hand-luggage rather than checking a suitcase in.

According to flight search engine Skyscanner, it is possible to pack enough clothing into a small bag for a week-long holiday in Spain.

Travelling with hand-luggage can be a great deal cheaper than taking a larger case and those using a small bag are also less likely to have their belongings lost, damaged or stolen.

Skyscanner spokesman Sam Baldwin said travellers should be ruthless when packing and create a list.

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Enjoy a Taste of Spain

Before taking your holiday in Spain this summer you can get into the spirit of things by attending one of the UK-based events organised by the Spanish Tourist Office.

Taking place on May 31st on Regent Street, A Taste of Spain will see the area transformed, with food and entertainment on offer from noon until 6pm.

Visitors will have the opportunity to sample traditional Spanish cuisine, including two giant paellas, as well as well as fine wine and sangria.

There will also be flamenco demonstrations, sevillanas dancers and traditional musicians.

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Brits head to Alicante for Easter

Thousands of Brits are preparing to take holidays in Spain this Easter, it has been revealed.

According to flight search engine Skyscanner, Alicante is one of most searched for Easter holiday destinations.

The popular Spanish city, which is close to La Manga Club, was ranked ahead of destinations such as Barcelona, Rome and Paris.

Rob Innes, head of marketing at Skyscanner, said Easter is a great time for families to take holidays in Spain, with the beaches beginning to warm up.

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Medical problems most common reason for insurance claims

British travellers are more likely to make an insurance claim for medical reasons than anything else, it has been found.

According to figures released by InsureandGo, the cost of settling medical claims has risen by a staggering 58 per cent since 2007.

Perry Wilson, founder of the company, said that travel insurance was particularly important during tough times when people cannot afford to foot costly bills themselves.

Research shows that lost luggage is the second most common reason for submitting a claim.

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Travellers warned over debit card charges

Those taking holidays in Spain this year have been urged to check their debit card charge tariff before leaving.

Although debit cards are free to use in the UK, those travelling overseas may find that they have to pay out for transaction charges and conversion fees.

Speaking this week, Andrew Hagger of

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Holidaymakers 'worried about their wobbly bits'

Millions of British holidaymakers are worried about their beach bodies, a new survey has revealed.

Research carried out by revealed that a staggering 90 per cent of people dread the thought of exposing their pasty love handles while on holiday.

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'Go green' on holiday in Spain

Passengers travelling through Manchester Airport will now have the opportunity to offset their carbon emissions, it has been revealed.

Those taking flights to Spain and other destinations can now use the airport's website to compensate for their carbon emissions.

Spokesperson Penny Coates said the airport is already taking a proactive approach within the industry to reduce emissions.

"But as a group we want to support the work of our airline partners and help encourage passengers to use a carbon off-set scheme and so we now offer the facility though all of our websites right across our group," added.

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