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Celebrate the past in Murcia

Holidaymakers staying at La Manga Club will have the opportunity to learn about Spain's history at the Carthaginians and Romans Festival, which takes place in the Murcian city of Cartagena this week.

The ten-day festival - which runs from September 19th to September 28th - is a unique event celebrating the rich history of the region.

Visitors attending the festival can expect to see historical re-enactments, fireworks displays, parades and circus performances.

The festival opens with the igniting of a "sacred fire" and promises to keep holidaymakers of all ages entertained.

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Half of Britons book holidays 'independently'

Almost half of Britons book their holidays independently, according to new research.

A study carried out by Mintel revealed that 47 per cent of holidaymakers booked their own flights and accommodation over the last year.

Furthermore, the research found that 42 per cent of holidaymakers opted for package deals, while 11 per cent used went for a mixture of both.

Holidaymakers staying at La Manga Club can book their flights to Spain with a number of providers including Ryanair, bmibaby and Jet2.

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Holidaymakers urged to 'buy travel insurance'

Holidaymakers taking a break in Spain this year have been urged to buy travel insurance.

The warning comes after a study by YouGov revealed that up to 14.5 million Britons plan to their travel insurance costs in a bid to save money.

Commenting on the findings, Chris Rolland, head of insurance services for American Express, said: "If it is a case of people cutting back on travel insurance in order to afford their holidays then perhaps they should think twice before booking.

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Increase in searches for flights to Spain

An increasing number of people are using the internet to search for flights to Spain and other popular destinations, one organisation has claimed.

Flight comparison site Skyscanner.com has seen its visitor numbers rise by more than 35 per cent in the last 12 months, as holidaymakers beat the credit crunch by shopping around for the best deals.

Barry Smith, Skyscanner co-founder and chief of business development, said that despite the current economic climate, Britons were still taking holidays.

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Spain named as 'top wine destination'

Spain has been named as one of the world's top ten destinations for fine lovers.

Research carried out by online travel community TripAdvisor revealed that wine-loving Britons should look no further than Spain for their next trip abroad.

The area of La Rioja was singled out as a particularly good area for wine producing.

Divided into three regions - Rioja Alta, Rioja Alavesa, and Rioja Baja – the area is famous for its "outstanding" red wines, laced with distinctive vanilla flavours.

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Dance the night away in Seville

Britons enjoying holidays in Spain over the next month will have the opportunity to see some of the country's best dancers and musicians perform.

Taking place in Seville until October 10th, the Flamenco Biennial is a celebration of traditional dancing and music, featuring a host of highly respected Spanish performers.

Artists featured in this year's programme of events include singer Jose Merce and renowned flamenco dancer Sara Baras.

According to What's on When, performances take places at various venues and theatres across the city, with the full programme available on the Flamenco Biennial website.

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Holidaymakers 'long for' a nice cup of tea

British travellers enjoy nothing more than a nice cup of tea when they return from their holidays in Spain.

In a recent survey carried out by Holiday Extras, a whopping 65.6 per cent of Brits said that tea was the item they missed most when on holiday.

Other items missed by those on holiday in Spain include Hobnob biscuits, custard and Branston Pickle.

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Denise enjoys a holiday in Spain

Television presenter and actress Denise Van Outen has been making the most of the late summer sun by taking a holiday in Spain.

Denise was pictured in the Daily Mail looking tanned and toned in a two-piece baby blue bikini.

The 34-year-old, who is holidaying with a female friend, soaked up the glorious sunshine onboard a luxury white yacht.

She spent time sunbathing and enjoying a glass of wine, before cooling off with a refreshing dip in the Mediterranean Sea.

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Britons enjoy holidays in Spain 'with partners'

Britons prefer taking holidays in Spain with their partners, as opposed to their friends, according to new research.

In a recent survey, three-quarters of Brits said they enjoyed romantic breaks more than girly weekends and all-male holidays.

The study, which was carried out by Visitbirmingham.com, also revealed that when on holiday Britons enjoy city strolls, eating out and sightseeing.

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Take a "mixed wallet" on holiday to Spain

Holidaymakers could be placing themselves at risk by carrying too much cash and storing it in the wrong places, it has been claimed.

Sarah Harrison, director of American Express Travellers Cheques, said that those taking holidays in Spain and other destinations, should take a "mixed wallet", containing a combination of cash, cards and travellers cheques.

"Travelling overseas is a fantastic experience and the last thing people want to worry about is money. By carrying all of your cash in your pocket, you could be asking for trouble as if something happens to it, you may be left in the lurch," she explained.

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