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'Mediterranean forest' for Alicante

Officials at Alicante port have announced plans to make the area greener.

From September work will begin on creating a Mediterranean-style forest of 900 trees, Typically Spanish reports.

The area will also include sand dunes and "special 12-metre anti-dust screens to stop pollution and carbon dust reaching the city".

Although some local residents say they are sceptical about the plans, it is thought that the trees will absorb a significant amount of CO2 – the same as 4,000 cars.

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Brits 'unlikely to cancel holidays'

British people are unlikely to give up their annual holidays to Spain and other destinations, even in the midst of a recession.

That is the opinion of Steve Barnes, corporate marketing manager at the Association of British Travel Agents (Abta), who said that it is "in the British psyche" to go abroad every year.

"In difficult times you might downgrade your holiday, but I really don't think there will be that many that would cancel their holiday," he commented.

The only reason people are likely to cancel their holidays is if they be become redundant and travellers should ensure that they take out a good travel insurance policy to offer protection against this, Mr Barnes furthered.

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Abta offers holiday advice

With the credit crunch to contend with, many people will be taking extra care when booking their holidays to Spain and other destinations this year.

Speaking this week, the Association of British Travel Agents (Abta) said holidaymakers should ensure that they are covered if they need to cancel their break in the event of a redundancy.

Although most travel insurance providers usually cover redundancies, Abta advises that holidaymakers check before booking.

Steve Barnes, corporate marketing manager at the organisation, said people should make sure they book with a reputable company.

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Ryanair sees traffic growth

Budget airline Ryanair has seen an increase in passenger numbers, it has been revealed.

Speaking today (March 4th), the airline said that its February passenger numbers were up seven per cent, compared to the same period last year.

Figures show that the airline carried 4.13 million passengers on flights to Spain and other popular destinations last month.

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Enjoy a luxury spa break this Mother's Day

Those looking for the perfect Mother's Day treat this year may wish to consider a spa break at La Manga Club.

As one of Europe's most luxurious holiday resorts, La Manga is the ideal place to while away a relaxing weekend.

Furthermore, holidaymakers should have no trouble reaching their destination, with airlines such as bmibaby, Jet2 and Ryanair all serving the south of Spain.

Mums will find plenty of ways to relax at La Manga Club.

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Duffy to play Murcia

British singing sensation Duffy is set to perform in Spain later this year, it has been revealed.

The award-winning star will be taking to the stage at the SOS 4.8 48 hour Music Festival in Murcia, Round Town News reports.

"The Welsh singing sensation, who has sold five million albums worldwide and has just been awarded three Brits and a Grammy, will be joining the likes of Keane, The Prodigy and Babyshambles," the news provider said.

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Ryanair launches new seat sale

Those planning to book flights to Spain may be interested to hear that budget airline Ryanair has launched a new March seat sale.

The carrier, which serves destinations including Alicante and Malaga, will be offering seats on selected routes from as little as two euros until March 9th.

Low fares are valid for those flying on selected dates during the months of March, April and May.

Speaking earlier this week, Ryanair's Stephen McNamara said: "Everyone loves to get a bargain and Ryanair encourages passengers to log on to Ryanair.

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Alicante to have new high-speed train

The popular Spanish holiday destination of Alicante is set to benefit from a new AVE high-speed train system.

According to the Round Town News, authorities have decided to place most of the new network below the ground.

"However, the downside is that the deadline for the completion of the rail link has now been delayed until 2012, as placing of the tracks underground on the approach to the city will incur more advanced excavation work," the news provider said.

It is thought that the train will surface around 500 metres away from Alicante's train station.

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La Manga shortlisted for travel award

La Manga Club is in the running to receive a prestigious travel award, it has been revealed.

The popular Spanish resort has been shortlisted in the Luxury Golf Resort Category at the World Luxury Hotel Awards.

Home to three championship golf courses and 28 multi-surface tennis courts, as well as countless other facilities, La Manga Club is popular with those looking to unwind and develop their sporting skills in luxury surroundings.

The awards are presented to the world's best hotels in recognition of their excellent service and guest facilitates.

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Travel insurance is a 'must' for Easter holidays

A good travel insurance policy is a must for those taking holidays in Spain this year, it has been claimed.

Speaking this week, Direct Travel Insurance said that those holidaying without cover could face hefty bills.

"Without insurance, travellers can be left out of pocket if redundancy, family illness, or jury service means they cannot travel," the company said.

According to figures released by Direct Travel Insurance, the average claim for a person losing their luggage and missing a departure is £805.

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