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Meeting children 'high point of Spanish holidays'

The highlight of one family's Spanish holiday last year was meeting Spanish children, one commentator has revealed.

Relating the story of Norfolk couple Richard and Sarah Gorrod and their children Will, Katie and George, the Telegraph notes that on their family holiday in Spain on the Costa Brava, the best parts were eating paella and mixing with local children.

"I'm learning Spanish at school, so it was good to practise the language last summer - and I liked eating out and the weather," 13-year-old Katie told the publication.

Meanwhile, Will, aged 16, described the Spanish holiday as "really laid-back".

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Missed connections 'cause inconvenience'

A new report is being published today entitled Missed Connections that aims to inform passengers and holidaymakers on the pitfalls that can crop up in regards to connecting flights.

The Air Transport Users Council (AUC) notes that missed connections between flights can result in added expense, stress and inconvenience for travellers.

The comment from the council arrives following complaints from customers who arranged their own travel itineraries.

"Despite airlines encouraging passengers to take connecting services, not all airlines will commit to looking after their customers should they miss a connection," AUC chairman Tina Tietjen commented.

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Brits hope for surprise weekend away

Hopeful Britons are wishing to be treated to a surprise weekend away this February 14th, it has been reported.

According to PayPal, romantic Britons have declared that their perfect Valentine's Day gift would be a weekend away.

The study showed that 27 per cent of starry eyed UK consumers hope to be booked flights to Spain and other destinations, while the same amount also wish to be given a surprise.

"It's nice to see that Brits really are hopeless romantics, who don't want to just be dazzled by expensive chocolates and flashy gifts on Valentines Day.

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Barcelona 'best for romantic Brits'

Amorous Britons tempted to take their loved ones away for Valentine's Day have been advised that Spanish holidays are the most romantic.

According to Teletext Holidays, Barcelona is the top romantic hotspot, beating competition from Florence, Paris, Prague, Venice, Rome and even New York.

Meanwhile, Madrid was also listed as a popular romantic getaway for Brits, with 27 per cent of holidaymakers reporting a loved-up vacation, compared to 46 per cent of Brits citing Barcelona as the number one.

"The key to a successful romantic trip is preparation - spend time online researching your trip before you go away and speak to friends and colleagues about their experiences to ensure that you make the best of your destination," commented Matt Cheevers, managing director of Teletext Holidays.

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Golf at La Manga Club

There are few holiday resorts within such easy reach of the UK that can boast as fine golfing facilities as those demonstrated at La Manga Club.

Many holidaymakers visit La Manga Club time and time again to indulge in a relaxing beach holiday that offers luxury, tranquillity and arguably the best golfing facilities on the Mediterranean.

Whether visiting in the summer or the winter months, golf enthusiasts can be guaranteed their fair share of superb sunshine.

Golf at La Manga Club is not restricted to one playing area, instead golfers can test their putting, chipping and driving skills on a range of courses including the South Course, North Course and the West Course.

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Millionaire family head for Spain

A British family who won £6.9 million on the lottery have splashed out on a holiday to a popular Spanish holiday resort.

The Daily Mail reports that the Prance family from Wales bought three luxury caravans at the Trecco Bay caravan park in Porthcawl, South Wales before taking flights to Spain for a luxury Spanish holiday.

According to the publication, jetting off on a family holiday in Spain to the resort of Benidorm was the first thing the family did upon scooping the prize.

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New Spanish route launched

Budget airline easyJet has launched its inaugural flight between East Midlands Airport and the Spanish holiday island of Mallorca.

The thrice weekly flight will transport travellers on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays from now until April 12th, whereupon it will offer daily flights throughout the busy summer months.

In total it is anticipated that 100,000 Britons taking Spanish holidays to Mallorca will travel on this route in the coming 12 months.

"Palma is a favourite destination for families looking to explore the island of Mallorca, as well as a popular city break destination," commented David Osborne, easyJet UK general manager.

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Spanish holidays hold "traditional appeal" for Brits

Spanish holidays show no signs of losing popularity among loyal British travellers, after a property site listed it as the number one country for investment in holiday homes.

According to a study by HolidayLettings.co.uk, Spain is continuing to attract tourists who wish to buy their own plot of Spain which they can then keep revisiting.

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Sartorial Spain pioneers fashion project

Barcelona and Madrid are known for their elegant fashionistas and as such it comes as no great shock that Spain's fashion designers are pioneering a new project to make clothes fit for "real women".

The Associated Press reports that the project is part of Spain's efforts to dispel the perception that "thin equals beautiful".

The project has seen 10,000 volunteers undergo laser beam "zapping" in order to measure their actual size - meaning that soon style-conscious women enjoying luxury holidays in Spain will have even better shopping trips to look forward to.

Spain's health ministry commented: "The study promotes the image of healthy beauty, adapting catwalk and storefront models to the dimensions of the real population.

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Families opt for city breaks

Britons enjoying family holidays in Spain may be choosing to visit cities such as Barcelona and Madrid in order to experience a cultural break, it has been suggested.

According to Kirker Holidays, the trend for "sugar-coated" holidays to theme parks is diminishing, with parents instead opting to take their offspring on more educational and mixed holidays.

Spokesperson Ted Wake commented that there has been a "significant" increase in the number of families opting for such cultural holidays.

"Why not do something that is a bit more intellectually stimulating, that will appeal to children and adults just as strongly as a fairground experience?" Mr Wake asked.

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