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Holidays in Spain 'proving popular for Easter'

Budget airline easyJet expects to carry more than one million passengers over the Easter holiday period, it has revealed.

Geneva is the most popular destination for UK travellers, followed by sunny Malaga, with flights to Faro, Palma and Marrakech also in demand.

Paul Simmons, general manager of easyJet UK, said Brits are keen to escape the dreary weather and post-Budget blues.

"The majority seem to be seeking a little winter sun with families heading for the beaches and couples seeking romantic getaways in some of the great cities of southern Europe," he commented.

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Spending time apart 'is key to surviving family holidays in Spain'

The key to surviving family holidays in Spain and elsewhere is spending enough time apart.

This is according to Bob Atkinson, a spokesperson for Travelsupermarket.com, who suggested that groups with older children should make sure they go to a place where there are plenty of activities to enjoy together and plenty of things to do apart.

"Do some things separately, do some things differently and you can still join up and chat about it later and have a meal out later," he explained.

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Internet 'has changed the way people research holidays'

The internet has revolutionised the way people plan their holidays to Spain and elsewhere, it has been claimed.

Rachel Morgan-Trimmer, founder of Thecareerbreaksite.com, noted that although brochures are still used, most are now downloaded online.

"One key advantage of online advice over printed brochures is that the information can be updated immediately.

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Tantalise your taste buds at La Manga Club

Guests holidaying at La Manga Club in Spain will find a wide variety of food to enjoy during their stay.

The resort is home to more than 20 bars and restaurants, with something to suit all tastes and budgets.

Eateries include Luigi's, which specialises in Italian cuisine, as well as the Andale Mexican Restaurant.

For a casual family meal guests can head to Uncle Sam's American Restaurant, which is decked out with 50s memorabilia and serves up everything from tasty fried chicken to ribs and burgers.

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Spain 'is a home away from home'

Spain is like a home away from home for many British holidaymakers, it has been claimed.

Carmen Hernandez Gomez, market analysis at the Spanish Tourism Office, said travellers feel comfortable visiting the country.

"They know how things work, they know that if they have a health problem they are safe because hospitals are of really good quality," she explained.

Ms Hernandez Gomez stated that the country has a great deal to offer British holidaymakers and noted that people are becoming increasingly interested in Spanish cuisine.

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Holiday booking levels 'look encouraging'

Despite the economic downturn, millions of Brits are still planning to take holidays in Spain and elsewhere this year, it has been revealed.

A travel industry survey carried out by the Association of Independent Tour Operators (AITO) and Wanderlust found that 82 per cent of travel providers are currently experiencing the same or greater levels of bookings than last year.

Furthermore, 80 per cent of respondents said holidaymakers are less price sensitive than they were in 2009.

Commenting on the findings, AITO chairman Derek Moore said: "It's encouraging to see just how positive consumer plans are for travel in 2010; tour operator bookings show that the desire to take holidays in 2010 is stronger than ever.

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Holidays in Spain 'offer culture and great value'

Brits hoping to soak up some culture and sunshine this Easter may wish to consider booking a holiday in Spain.

Frances Tuke, a spokesperson for Abta – The Travel Association, said Europe is extremely popular at this time of year.

"Easter is a great time to go to places like Italy, Spain and The Canary Islands.
These are all good for a bit of sun, this time of year.

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Majority of Brits 'planning 2010 holidays'

The majority of Brits are planning to take holidays to Spain and elsewhere over the coming year, new research has revealed.

A survey carried out by Travelsupermarket.com found that the average person plans to set aside £1,014 for their main 2010 break.

Of those polled, 46 per cent said they are savvy spenders and like to shop around for the best deals.

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Holidaymakers offered car hire advice

Drivers planning to take holidays in Spain and elsewhere have been offered some advice on how to cut their car rental charges.

Writing for the Telegraph, Nick Trend said it is an important - yet often expensive - part of many trips abroad.

He noted that it is vital to book vehicles well in advance, particularly at times such as Easter, when demand is likely to be high.

According to Mr Trend, holidaymakers should compare prices across several providers and ask about the cost of extras such as insurance and additional drivers.

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Spain 'is top choice for Easter holidays'

Thousands of Brits are set to take family holidays in Spain over the coming month, it has been revealed.

According to flight search site Skyscanner, the country is the most popular foreign destination for people travelling abroad over Easter.

Hotspots include Malaga, Barcelona, Palma and sun-soaked Alicante, which is home to dozens of golden beaches and attractions.

"Malaga remained the second most popular place for an Easter break for the second year running," the website noted.

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