Britons looking to take flights to La Manga for Spanish holidays should endeavour to keep their passports safe after the Identity and Passport Service (IPS) revealed the top ten passport disasters as noted by their staff.
The advice comes as the IPS urges travellers to check their passports well in advance of booking their Spanish holidays as changes being introduced mean that first-time adult passport seekers may have to wait up to six weeks for their passport.
According to the IPS, more than 225,000 passport-holders reported their British passports lost or damaged in 2007.
"Without a valid passport, you run the risk of missing out on your trip abroad, or having to waste time and money organising a replacement," Home Office minister Meg Hillier advised.
Madrid is a city that is growing in popularity among international tourists taking flights to Spain for Spanish holidays, it has been reported.
Meanwhile, Mercedes Coghen has claimed that if Madrid wins its 2016 Olympic bid, hosting the Games could help Spain to become the world's most popular holiday destination.
She added that Madrid would become a "must visit" city as tourism is at the heart of the Spanish economy.
"Hosting the 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games would provide a perfect platform on which to build Madrid's international profile as one of the world's top holiday destinations," the bid leader enthused at the International Tourism Trade Fair in the city.
A couple from Covingham in the UK were forced to flee the wet weather of England and relocate on an extended Spanish holiday after their stationery business went under - under water during the July 2007 floods.
The Wiltshire couple took flights to Spain after their home - from which they ran their business - was flooded by four feet of water.
Andy and Linda Voaden took flights to Alicante before heading to their holiday home in La Zenia after they decided they could not run their business from a hotel room.
"We were lucky to be able to come here.
"Intelligent" investors would do well to book their flights to Murcia in order to take a look at what the city offers, according to one commentator.
According to BuyAssociation, the "intelligent" investors looking at Spain are likely to be focusing their attention on Murcia, which it describes as an "up and coming city".
Paul Collins, property editor at BuyAssociation added that the city is gaining importance thanks to its new international airport, which allows more Britons to take flights to Murcia.
He added that Spain is likely to always be a favourite among British holidaymakers.
The months of January and February may see spikes in bookings of flights to La Manga and flights to Murcia, after it was reported that beach holidays are still popular among those taking traditional honeymoons.
Hitched.co.uk reports that while the "world is your oyster" paradise destinations and beach locations are still enjoyed by conventional couples on their honeymoons.