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All-inclusive holidays 'prove popular'

All-inclusive holidays are proving particularly popular this year, as Brits look at ways to save money, it has been suggested.

Bob Atkinson, an industry extra from Travelsupermarket.com, said that while such a holiday may seem more expensive when booking, people should remember that their flights, accommodation and entertainment are included.

It is a particularly good option for those looking to stick to a tight budget on their next holiday in Spain.

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Summer sale for easyJet

Those looking to arrange flight to Spain in the near future may be interested to learn that budget airline easyJet has launched a new summer seat sale.

The carrier is slashing up to 25 per cent of the cost of every route to and from the UK between June 1st and September 30th.

Holidaymakers hoping to avail from the discounted fares must make their bookings before April 28th.

Some of the destinations currently served by the airline include Alicante, Almeria, Madrid, Murcia and Malaga.

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Scuba diving at La Manga Club

As well as soaking up the sunshine on the beach and exploring the countryside which surrounds La Manga Club, those holidaying at the resort can discover what the underwater world has to offer.

The Adventure Divers centre, based at Las Lomas Village, is open from April until November and offers a range of courses, from beginner lessons to dive master training.

For advanced divers, escorted trips to recommended sites around the Costa Calida area are also available.

The sheltered, non-tidal waters of the Mar Menor make it the perfect place for holidaymakers to develop their underwater skills and with average visibility ranging from 12 to 15 metres, the nearby Islas Hormigas marine reserve boasts some of the best diving in Spain.

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Alicante 'perfect for fun Spanish getaway'

Those looking for some fun in the sun next month should consider a break in Alicante, it as been suggested.

According to flight search engine Skyscanner, a trip to Spain is perfect for people keen to escape the miserable weather over the May bank holiday weekend.

"Be sure to visit El Postiguet, Alicante's most popular beach, renowned for the quality of its sand, its palm tree boardwalk and its proximity to Andalucia's Old Quarter," the company noted.

Figures released by Skyscanner yesterday show that Alicante is one of the most popular destinations with Brits looking to jet off next month.

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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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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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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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Govt urged to 'consider cost of flying'

Following the government's announcement yesterday that air passenger duty (APD) rises will go ahead later this year, The Co-operative Travel is urging chancellor Alistair Darling to amend his proposals.

Speaking after the Budget, Mike Greenacre, managing director of the company, said: "It is scandalous that APD has gone from zero to its existing level in such a short period of time."

It would be fairer is passengers were charged in relation to their carbon footprint, rather than paying a flat rate of APD, he added.

Mr Greenacre is calling on the government to use any revenue raised through this to help the industry create more efficient engines and lighter airframes.

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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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