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Las Brisas Villas in La Manga Club

While the name Los Altos, translated to English as "the heights", is reflective of Los Altos Villas' position at the top of the Alpujarras, Las Brisas Villas is set at the foot of the hills.

This development is designed to afford maximum space and privacy to holidaymakers enjoying its comforts while on a luxury holiday in Spain.

Overlooking La Manga Club's south golf course, Las Brisas apartments make up a circular design around the central swimming pool.

All the villas boast a private patio area and some townhouses even possess their own private plunge pools.

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Love 'blossoms in Spanish holiday resort'

In a heart warming post-Valentine's Day tale, love has blossomed in the popular Spanish holiday resort of Benidorm.

Typically Spanish reports that according to EFE news agency, 35-year old elephant Petita - known as the "ugly duckling" of the zoo - has found love after years of rejection based on her appearance.

The publication notes that Petita is a resident of Terra Natura animal park and had previously been unable to secure the interests of a mate.

So aesthetically unattractive was Petita that she was not only rejected several times but on occasion attacked by potential suitors and had to be protected by fellow female elephant Kaioso.

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Flights to Spain: Self-service check-in kiosks 'offer seamless experience'

Holidaymakers taking flights to Spain may find they can enjoy a more streamlined travel experience when using self-service check-in kiosks.

According to Virgin Atlantic, holidaymakers' journeys through airports are "easier" as a result of the kiosks.

British Airways, which offers flights to Spain, has 220 BA check-in kiosks at 39 major airports which are used by roughly 675,000 customers to check-in on a monthly basis.

"It gives the customer the choice of how they want to interact at check-in and gives the passenger a simple and seamless experience," Janine Donovan, press officer at Virgin Atlantic commented.

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Hacienda Del Golf

Golf holidays in Spain are becoming increasingly popular among a variety of consumers.

This type of break is fancied among those on business trips, family holidays, bachelor holidays and even singles holidays, according to a recent report by American Express.

For a holiday that is truly centred around golf, the Hacienda Del Golf townhouses located next to the Par 47 pitch and putt course and directly opposite the tennis centre could be ideal.

Offering easy access to all the golfing and sporting facilities, these properties are also located close to a communal pool, meaning that golf need not be the sole leisure pursuit you engage in on your La Manga Club holiday.

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El Rancho Villas in La Manga

Comfort is key to an enjoyable family holiday in Spain, which is where El Rancho Villas come in.

A choice of one, two, three and four bedroom villas are available at the development in La Manga Club, which is situated at the base of the Murcian hills which provide a beautiful backdrop to the Spanish holiday resort.

Its central location guarantees ease of access to family groups and children are likely to be thrilled by the choice of nine communal swimming pools.

Younger children can also enjoy the smaller paddling pool and the ceiling fans that come as standard in the villas mean that it is easy to cool down after a hot afternoon on the sandy shores of the nearby Mar Menor which is only a ten minute walk away.

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Spanish holidays and travel see "record year"

Last year saw a record year on in terms of the performance of travel as an industry, it has been reported.

According to Easier, the Guild of Travel Management Companies final figures for 2007 showed that members made almost 14 million bookings for the year. Something it claims is an all time record.

Increases were reported in the sectors of hotel and rail bookings, while flight bookings increased in quarters two and three.

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Travellers advised: Book flights to Spain over school holidays early

Britons looking to take family holidays in Spain this Easter have been advised to book their flights to Spain early.

According to Thomas Cook, many Britons take advantage of the extra days' holiday over Easter in order to take a three or four-day family holiday in Spain.

With children having school holidays, families can enjoy travelling overseas and taking flights to Spain for early summer sun holidays to destinations with guaranteed good weather.

"Being Easter and that the kids are off school, Thomas Cook always advises to book in advance to ensure people get the destination and dates they want," a spokesperson advised.

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Significant rise in flights to Murcia from Birmingham

Residents of the West Midlands are increasingly escaping the gloomy weather in favour of Spanish holidays, it has been revealed.

According to newly released figures from Birmingham Airport, passengers taking flights to Murcia in the winter month of January rose by 335 per cent this year.

The news comes after Monarch Airlines announced it is launching a new route to Murcia from Manchester Airport.

"We received some fantastic news in January with Ryanair announcing a base here at Birmingham and the introduction of 20 new routes commencing onwards from April.

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Flights to Murcia from Manchester launched

A new itinerary of flights to Murcia from Manchester has been launched by Monarch Airlines.

The service will provide transportation five times per week for Britons looking to enjoy family holidays in Spain.

A daily service will be launched in the summer but the flights to Murcia are currently available on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.

"We have been overwhelmed by how well it has been received with the first flight almost fully booked and over 20,000 bookings already taken," a spokesperson for the airline commented.

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Murcia is 'year-round destination'

Flights to Murcia can be taken from January through until December, it has been noted, as the region has been described as a "year-round destination".

According to Exclusively Murcia's founder Andrew Nicholson, flights to Murcia are available frequently and at a low cost.

Murcia is currently looking ahead to what it expects will be a prosperous year, after 2007 figures from Spain's Ministry of Tourism and Commerce revealed that tourist levels rose by 18 per cent last year.

Murcia is located on two seas - the Mar Menor and the Mediterranean Sea both of which boast magnificent cliffs, beaches, ports and coves.

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