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Holidays for employees are 'important'

Employees who regularly take holidays to Spain and other destinations are more productive in the workplace, it has been suggested.

According to travel site Expedia, even a short break can help to boost morale and productivity.

In a recent poll carried out by the company, 60 per cent of people said they intend to use their full holiday entitlement this year.

Jonathan Cudworth, head of product marketing at the site, said there has been an increase in the number of people travelling to close-to-home countries such as Spain.

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Explore the countryside at La Manga Club

Located on the sunny Costa Calida, La Manga Club is bordered on two sides by a national park and is the perfect destination for those who like to stay active on their holiday.

There are dozens of pathways and trails snaking through the surrounding countryside and those who want a challenging hike can climb to the summit of La Fuente Hill, which is accessible through the nearby village of Los Belones.

A walk up the hill takes around 45 minutes to complete and once at the top holidaymakers can enjoy unrivalled views of the Mediterranean coastline and the green golf courses of La Manga Club.

Meanwhile, guests who would prefer to let someone else do the legwork can explore the surrounding countryside and the Calblanque National Park on horseback.

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Discover a 'world of water sports' at La Manga Club

Families hoping to travel abroad this summer could consider a break at La Manga Club in Murcia.

Situated on the Costa Calida, the resort basks in sunshine for more than 300 days a year and is the ideal destination for water sports enthusiasts.

The nearby Mar Menor is Europe's largest saltwater lagoon and its shallow waters are around six degrees C warmer than the surrounding Mediterranean Sea.

Some of the activities on offer include sailing, windsurfing and scuba diving, with guests of all ages catered for.

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Brits urged to protect cards while abroad

Those taking holidays in Spain have been urged to ensure they protect themselves against debit and credit card fraud while travelling.

Foreign exchange firm Caxton FX said the best way to prevent fraud is to opt for a prepaid currency card.

Figures released by trade body Apacs show there was an 11 per cent increase in fraudulent debit and credit card transactions abroad in the last year.

Commenting on the benefits of using a prepaid card, Robert Lee-Browne, chief executive at Caxton FX, said: "It is great value because you have no fees to pay for ATM use.

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Brits head to Malaga and Alicante for May bank holiday

Malaga and Alicante have been named as two of the most popular destinations for Brits heading abroad over the May bank holiday weekend.

Figures compiled by Skyscanner show that holidays in Spain are still popular, with places such as Rome, Dublin and Paris all trailing behind in the poll.

Gareth Williams, chief executive of Skyscanner, said the findings indicate that despite the weak pound, people are still keen to travel within the eurozone.

"May Day is an ideal time to hit the beach in Malaga.

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Enjoy some pampering at La Manga Club

Brits looking to escape the credit crunch gloom and relax in sumptuous surroundings may wish to consider a stay at La Manga Club.

Located in Murcia, the resort basks in sunshine for than 300 days a year and could be the ideal place to indulge in some well-earned pampering.

As well as swimming pools and sporting facilities, La Manga Club is also home to a luxury health spa, where guests can enjoy relaxing treatments.

Some of the signature therapies on offer include Jomi Juma mineral and floral spa rituals, natura bisse facials and oxygen skin treatments.

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Improve your tennis skills while holidaying at La Manga Club

As well as spending time at the beach and relaxing by the pool, those taking holidays at La Manga Club can also make use of the resort's exceptional sports facilities.

Home to 28 multi-surface tennis courts, La Manga is the perfect destination for Brits looking to improve their skills on the court.

Players of all abilities are catered for at the resort, with professional coaching staff on hand to provide lessons and offer guidance.

La Manga has its own Tennis Academy, staffed by a dedicated team of tennis pros and players can improve their game even more by making use of the facility's state-of-the art video analysis technology.

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Holidays in Spain 'prove popular'

It seems that despite the weak euro, Brits just cannot get enough of sunny Spain.

According to Holiday Extras – the UK's top provider of pre-booked airport parking and hotels – Spain is still the top destination for British holidaymakers.

Mike Whiting, managing editor of Holiday Extras, said: "These are people who have booked in the last month, so they are booking to go away in the next couple of months in the spring period. Spain is tops, then France, America, Portugal, Turkey and Egypt.

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Ryanair to consider 'fat tax'

Budget airline Ryanair says it is considering the introduction of a 'fat tax' for overweight passengers.

In a recent poll carried out by the flight provider, 29 per cent of respondents said they would like to see people charged more if they are carrying excess weight.

The carrier has now launched a new survey asking passengers to vote on how such a tax should be implemented.

Suggestions include charging more for male travellers over 20 stone and females over 15, charging if a passenger's waist touches both armrests and penalising those with a high body mass index.

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Take a 'solar-powered boat ride in Guadalest'

Those taking holidays in Spain and visiting the Costa Blanca region will now have the opportunity to explore the Guadelest reservoir by boat.

According to the Beniform Spotlight, the vessel will be powered entirely by solar energy, meaning holidaymakers can enjoy the area without damaging the environment.

"Around 60 passengers can be transported on the 50-minute trip, which covers about 6 kilometres and only costs €5 the publication stated.

It is hoped that the boat will be able to run for up to 25 years using power from the sun.

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