If you're planning to take a family holiday to Spain this year, then it could be a great idea to book a villa.
Hiring your own property means everyone is within easy reach of each other and that meals can be prepared with ease and at times that are convenient to you.
Many of the villas at the Mar Menor Resort come with their own private swimming pools, which means you can enjoy a dip at any time of the day, without having to worry about children jumping in or other guests blocking your lengths.
Villas also feature spacious terraces with outdoor dining facilities, providing the perfect spot for a barbecue or an afternoon of sunbathing.
After a long day of lounging by the pool or enjoying some of the sports and leisure facilities on offer at La Manga Club, there is nothing better than settling down with a refreshing drink and enjoying some top-class entertainment.
Guests will find no shortage of places to enjoy an after dinner tipple, with several bars and restaurants dotted around the complex.
Located at the Hotel La Manga Club Principe Felipe, The Piano Bar features a modern and tastefully decorated lounge area, making it the ideal spot for socialising or a quiet drink.
Guests can enjoy live musical entertainment, with piano performances commencing nightly from 11pm local time.
As well as enjoying the many swimming pools that are dotted around the resort, guests holidaying at La Manga Club can also take a dip in the nearby Mar Menor.
Also known as the little sea, it is Europe's largest saltwater lagoon and attracts millions of visitors every year.
Its waters are calm and shallow, making it an ideal spot for beginners to try their hand at water sports such as scuba diving and snorkelling.
Some of the other activities people can enjoy on the Mar Menor include sailing, canoeing, kayaking and jet-skiing.
Irish holidaymakers planning to book flights to Spain this summer may be interested to learn that budget airline Ryanair has launched a number of new routes from Cork.
In total, seven new summer services will be in operation, with the airline planning to temporarily base one of its planes at the hub during June, July and August.
Passengers flying from Cork will now be able to book flights to destinations including Alicante, Barcelona and Malaga.
Commenting on the news, Ryanair chief Michael O'Leary said: "Ryanair's seven summer peak routes will mean that for the first time the people of Cork can escape to the sun by availing of Ryanair's guaranteed lowest fares, avoiding Aer Lingus' high fares.
Holidaymakers looking to snap up some unusual gifts for their family and friends may be interested to learn that a medieval market is due to take place this weekend.
Held at the Plaza Marques de Rafal in the Costa Blanca city of Orihuela, it is set to attract thousands of locals and visitors, Euro Weekly reports.
"An official inauguration ceremony will take place at 11:30 on Friday (February 5th), when a procession will follow a route from the City Council to the adopted market place," the news provider notes.
As well as snapping up souvenirs and presents, those visiting the market will have the opportunity to attend workshops, enjoy entertaining performances and sample a delicious range of local food and drinks.
Holidaymakers staying at La Manga Club will no doubt want to get out and explore the surrounding area at some point during their trip.
One of the best ways to do this is by hiring a bike and discovering the stunning Murcian countryside at your own pace.
Bicycles are available at the resort, with a range of different models on offer.
Youngsters are also catered for and families can hire trailers and child seats.
Brits planning to take a holiday in Spain next year may wish to consider taking a break at La Torre Resort.
Located in the south-east of the country, it is home to an 18-hole par 68 course, spread across five hectares. A demanding course, it features a number of elaborately sculpted bunkers, as well as numerous lakes.
Players of all ages and abilities are catered for at La Torre and guests can improve their skills by booking a one-to-one lesson or enrolling on one of the courses on offer there.
If one of your goals is to improve your tennis skills this year, then you may wish to consider booking a flight to Spain and visiting La Manga Club.
Located in sunny Murcia, the resort is home to 28 tennis courts, including four hard courts and four AstroTurf courts.
These all feature floodlighting, meaning you can enjoy a game at any time of the day.
La Manga's tennis academy caters for players of all ages and abilities.
Holidays in Spain are proving popular for Valentine's Day, it has been revealed.
Figures released by TravelRepublic.co.uk show that breaks to the popular Spanish resort of Benidorm have outsold trips to Rome, Paris and Venice.
A great option for groups and families planning to holiday at Spain's Mar Menor Resort is to rent one of the spacious townhouses.
There are more than 180 of these dotted around the complex, with a range of different styles and sizes available.
Townhouses typically feature two bedrooms and two bathrooms, as well as spacious ground terraces that are ideal for enjoying a bite to eat or soaking up the Murcian sunshine.
The properties come with fresh towels and linen, kitchen facilities, televisions and washing machines.