Brits taking holidays in Spain can make up for the unfavourable euro exchange rate by following a series of top money saving tips compiled by the Telegraph.
According to travel writer Fred Mawer, one way to cut costs is by opting for an all-inclusive of half-board break, which can shield holidaymakers from the worst of currency fluctuations.
Booking as early as possible is also advisable, with many tour operators planning to cut their capacity this summer, which could lead to a reduction in the availability of late deals.
Other top tips for holidays in Spain include eating a large lunch and a small dinner, with food prices often increasing in the evening.
Holidaymakers looking to escape the dreary British weather need look no further than the south of Spain, where pleasant temperatures can be enjoyed all year round.
Situated on the sunny Costa Calida in the Murcia region of Spain, La Manga Club basks in sunshine for over 300 days a year and even winter temperatures are considerably mild compared to the UK.
Average temperatures in the summer months range from 30 degrees C to 33 degrees C and temperatures during the winter season rarely dip below 10 degrees C, meaning that those taking holidays in Spain can enjoy the outdoors at any time of year.
Holidaymakers visiting in the summer months will find that most days are extremely sunny and heavy rainfall during this time is quite rare.
One of the best ways to explore the area surrounding La Manga Club is to hire a car using the resort's website.
Car hire in Murcia can often work out cheaper than using public transport and taxis, and ultimately it offers holidaymakers much more freedom.
Hiring a car enables holidaymakers to take in all the wonders of the stunning region, from the historical sites of Cartagena to the white sandy beaches of the coastline. It's also a great way to explore the small mountain villages and soak up some Spanish culture.
Holidaymakers arriving at Murcia Airport can get their break off to a stress-free start by arranging their transfer to La Manga Club in advance.
If hiring a car or taking the bus does not seem appealing, then holidaymakers can arrange their airport transfers from Murcia by using the La Manga Club website.
Driving in an unfamiliar country can be a daunting option and travellers can get their holiday off to a relaxing start by letting someone else do the hard work.
Booking an airport transfer from Murcia is incredibly straightforward and holidaymakers can arrange everything online.
Spanish holiday villas are among the top items on British property investors' wish lists, according to recent research.
Taylor Woodrow de Espana referred to recent figures that show Spain is still top of the tree when it comes to British investment on overseas property, beating off competition from France and Portugal.
The short-haul air fares and potential for golf holidays in Spain are just two of the factors causing investors to "vote with their feet", according to the company's sales and marketing director Victor Sague.
"Whether you're looking to live near the beach, on a golf course or be immersed in the 'real' Spain, there's bound to be a home for you," he said.
Shopaholics arriving at La Manga Club might like to head to the neighbouring shops in Malaga, particularly as the sales season is now entering full swing.
The Junta de Andalucia had brought the beginning of the January sales period forward from the traditional date to January 2nd, but some of the big stores stuck to their usual plans, Sur reports.
These retailers cut the ribbon on their big sales on January 7th - the day after Three Kings Day.
Thousands of bargain hunters descended on the big name shops, including Massimo Dutti, Carrefour, Zara and El Corte Ingles.
If a holiday at La Manga Club just isn't enough, perhaps it's time to consider a more permanent base and invest in one of the privately owned villas and apartments located at the resort.
Located just 20 minutes from Murcia Airport, an apartment at La Manga Club is an ideal option for Britons looking to invest in a property that is easily accessible and close to good transport links. The resort is also situated with an hour's drive of Alicante Airport, which is served by a number of budget airlines including Ryanair, easyJet and bmibaby.
More details on the range of Property for sale in Murcia is available from various estate agents located around La Manga Club and properties range from one-bedroom studios to seven-bedroom villas with private swimming pools and tennis courts.
With Christmas out of the way, the last thing many families staying in Spanish holiday villas would expect to see is a nativity scene.
They would perhaps be even more surprised to come across the traditional yuletide figurines underwater.
Nevertheless, that is what awaits visitors to the popular Costa Blanca theme park Terra Natura. Five stone figures - representing Mary, Joseph, Jesus, an ox and a donkey have been placed at the bottom of a shark tank.
Holidaymakers hiring a car in Spain may be happy to hear that Spanish roads are becoming even safer.
Statistics released by the country's government revealed a 20 per cent drop in motoring-related fatalities in 2008 compared to the year before.
This figure was made even more remarkable given that the number of cars on Spanish roads shows no sign of dwindling, with 20 per cent more vehicles in use than in 2003.
Typically Spanish reports that the toll is the lowest since 1964, though it noted that the figures do not account for those who die more than a month after accidents nor those who died in urban areas.
Budget airline Ryanair is flying in the face of the economic downturn by handling more passengers than ever before.
The airline, which offers flights to Spain and a host of other popular destinations, carried almost 58 million passengers in 2008, representing an 18 per cent increase on the previous year.
Ryanair's busiest month was August, which saw the airline transport 5.7 million passengers to sunny destinations across Europe.