Taking luxury holidays to Spain will now be even easier for Scottish travellers as Ryanair announces new flights to Alicante from Edinburgh.
The no-frills airline is launching flights from the Scottish capital to Alicante as part of a considerable extension to its operations from Edinburgh Airport increasing its routes from two to 19.
Those wishing to take a Spanish holiday this year will welcome the news which arrives following a significant expansion to the services at the Scottish airport.
David Johnston, managing director of Edinburgh Airport, confirmed: "Developing Scotland's direct connectivity with the world has been a key priority over recent years and we have invested £95 million in bringing in new routes.
Families planning a springtime holiday in Spain may find that there are still affordable flight deals to be found over the Easter weekend, the Telegraph reported today.
Because Easter falls early this year, it may be an ideal time for families to fly to Spain, particularly as the holiday does not coincide with most UK half-term breaks.
The newspaper claims that this places "less pressure than normal on flights so the prices for family holidays are more reasonable".
It added that as "this spring looks like a great time to travel", mums and dads may wish to investigate a range of resorts to see which may be most suitable for their family.
The third stage of the Volta a Valenciana cycle tour took in the sights of Alicante with the stage's start and finish line located in the nearby town of Ibi.
However, according to VeloNews the stage ended with controversy as a misdirected peloton split confused some riders who took the wrong direction at the crucial final 5km.
The two leading cyclists managed to take the correct exit and it was Ruben Plaza who claimed first place, stealing the leader's jersey from previous stage victor Jose Ivan Gutierrez.
Cycling enthusiasts interested in going on a Spanish holiday may wish to continue following this remarkable race which is set to deliver more drama as the stages continue.
Located in a Spanish "pueblo-style village" in La Manga Club is where holidaymakers will find the Las Lomas apartments.
Overlooking the North Golf Course, the domiciles consist of spacious one, two and three-bedroom apartments.
Studios developments are also available for those on family holidays in La Manga Club.
The apartments are set in a village which boasts its own restaurants and mini-market.
Built around a central plaza area, La Manga Club's Bellaluz apartments are perfect for those wishing to retain their sense of cutting edge style and sophistication while on a Spanish holiday.
For those who seek luxury holidays in Spain there is a wide range of shops, boutiques, and restaurants to enjoy at the complex in La Manga Resort.
Sporty holidaymakers are also located close to the tennis centre, golf courses and football academy.
Bellaluz apartments are located in their own village at La Manga Club which has a unique character of its own.
Spain is proving to be a popular holiday destination in 2008 thanks to services offered by budget airlines, it has been reported.
Other countries popular for package deals look to include Turkey, Egypt and Morocco, Frances Tuke, a spokesperson for the Association of British Travel Agents (Abta) observed, according to the BBC.
Ms Tuke added that despite the looming threat of a credit crunch, Abta members have reported a "very busy" January and February in terms of holiday bookings.
"People will find a way to pay.
Britons are swapping the traditional two-week getaway for shorter Spanish holidays, it has been reported.
According to Holiday Inn, 52 per cent of Britons will not be opting for a fortnight's holiday overseas in 2008, instead preferring to take a selection of three to four-day breaks throughout the course of the year.
Research by the organisation showed that the average family takes in the region of four short holidays a year.
Consumers claimed to feel that a long weekend's break taken every three months can prevent stress from building up in everyday life.
Pregnant women wishing to take flights to Spain should be treated on a case-by-case basis, it has been asserted.
According to the Royal College of Midwives (RCM), a trade union and professional organisation run by midwives for midwives, it is impossible to create a comprehensive set of guidance for pregnant flyers because "you never know what can happen to a pregnant woman once you take off".
However, in certain cases, women should not travel, for example if they have a low-lying placenta or high blood pressure.
"Some airlines say they will admit pregnant women up to a certain number of weeks and usually they want the midwife or doctor to give confirmation that she is fit," Janet Fyle, professional policy advisor for the RCM commented.
Holidays to La Manga Club are perfect for those on family holidays in Spain. The beauty of a luxury holiday in La Manga Club is that the break can be as active or as relaxing as you like.
Parents can relax on the beaches of the Mar Menor while children splash in the sea, golf enthusiasts can practice their driving and putting on the many golf courses at the resort while their partners try out their swing at the tennis centre.
Budding footballers can even enjoy a kick-around at the professional football academy.
Those taking Spanish holidays in Alicante may have found themselves face-to-face with a creature better associated with the land down under than the popular European holiday destination they had travelled on holiday to.
A young kangaroo was discovered in a field near to Elda. Measuring 30 centimetres in length the antipodean creature was reported to have been neglected.
Think Spain reports that Esther Esquembre from the Animal Protection Society's centre in Villena noted that the kangaroo "shows signs of not having been looked after correctly" due to lumps of fur falling out.