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Jet2.com announces Blackpool-Ibiza route

Jet2.com has announced today the launch of a route from Blackpool International Airport to Ibiza.

Those looking to go on a Spanish holiday next year will be pleased to hear that planes will take off from the north-west seaside town from the July 3rd 2008.

Passengers can expect to see similar low fares as on Jet2.

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Spain 'second favourite' for Country Life readers

Readers of weekly magazine Country Life have chosen Spain and the Balearic Islands as the second-most desirable place to buy a home - suggesting that it may also be popular with those looking for a Mediterranean holiday in the sun.

According to the publication, 14 per cent of respondents to its survey are currently looking at homes in the country, compared to two per cent considering regions in eastern Europe.

And among the myriad of reasons why families and travellers alike jet off for a Spanish holiday each year, Country Life's property correspondent Penny Churchill said potential buyers can benefit from "vital infrastructure" in the country.

She added that Spain and the Balearics can "be reached easily" and that people have a basic desire to enjoy an "excellent climate and attractive lifestyle".

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A third of holidaymakers 'always forget something'

While booking that luxury Spanish resort is possibly the most important thing when planning a holiday, it might be worth making a list of items most people have been found to forget.

According to new research from Abbey Current Accounts, some 9.6 million Brits spent a total of £350 million last year replacing things they had neglected to pack in their suitcases.

The most commonly forgotten items were toiletries, with 45 per cent of people having to replace these at the airport.

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Go sightseeing on family holidays in Alicante

The Spanish province of Alicante offers families some excellent opportunities to explore and sightsee, in addition to year round sunshine and beautiful beaches.

One of the highlights of a getaway to Alicante for thousands of holidaymakers each year is a trip along the Route of the Castles, which takes travellers directly through an important historical area.

The stunning pathway along the Costa Blanca takes in impressive hilltop fortifications and delightful towns, such as Sax with its beautiful Moorish castle and pretty red-roofed buildings.

Made up of the fortresses of Villena, Baneres, Biar, Castalla, Sax and Benejama, in the foothills of the mountains, the Route of the Castles takes tourists through towns and villages with medieval fortresses, each placed strategically on a defensive hill.

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Head for a 'healthy' Spanish holiday

Spain is one of the healthiest nations in Europe, with Spaniards' life expectancy only exceeded by the Italians, new research reveals.

Those looking for a healthy holiday should head for the country, where the Mediterranean diet, packed with fresh fruit, vegetables, meat and fish, and the quality of life means that the average Spanish man now lives to 70, while Spanish women have a life expectancy of 75.3 per cent.

A new study by the Academy of Healthy Ageing points out that people in Mediterranean countries both live longer and enjoy a better quality of life than anywhere else in the European Union, Typically Spanish reports.

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Spain "most popular" after soggy UK summer

Jetting off on a Spanish holiday may become even more popular in the coming months following the publication of new research from Yorkshire Bank.

According to the lender, 43 per cent of UK residents have had just about enough of the disappointing British weather and are considering buying a place abroad - but those who want a less expensive option could easily book a trip and head for the sun this winter.

The survey found that Spain continues to be the most popular destination for potential homebuyers, although the delights of the Mediterranean country mean that family holidays may be enjoyed at any time of year.

Figures from the Met Office state that the mean temperature value for England last month was 13.

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Don't leave language skills until manana, survey says

Many Britons cannot understand the basics of foreign languages, despite millions taking Spanish holidays and breaks to other nations every year.

According to a YouGov poll carried out on behalf of foreign language learning experts Rosetta Stone, while a Spanish holiday is the most popular break for Brits, 87 per cent could not ask for directions in the native tongue if they were lost.

More than four out of five (82 per cent) are also bamboozled by basic instructions such as "left" and "right" when they are relayed in Spanish, something tourists may want to brush up on before their Spanish holiday.

The survey garnered the thoughts and opinions of more than 2,000 men and women from across the UK, with 62 per cent of those questioned not able to speak a second language.

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Online booking takes boredom out of travel, says easyJet

Using the internet to choose and book flights means the "boring bits" of travelling are done before the holiday itself, a spokesperson for easyJet has said.

Features such as online check-in and visiting a travel agent can be done via a computer, she continued, leaving more time to enjoy a break and minimising the effort needed to get there in the first place.

While a number of low-cost airlines currently offer flights to Alicante or flights to Murcia, many Spanish regions are also reachable by carriers which sell tickets online.

And the increase in internet booking has led to greater advances in what can be provided using this type of electronic purchasing, the spokesperson added.

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Online travel guides 'overtaking books'

Eager travellers looking for Spanish holidays are now increasingly turning to the internet instead of the well-worn travel books of previous years, with many in the guidebook industry feeling that it has reached its climax, according to the Times.

With the sale of Lonely Planet to BBC Worldwide, and the departure of key figures such as Mark Ellingham from Rough Guides and Hilary Bradt from Bradt Travel Guides, there is a feeling within the industry that the winds of change are blowing.

The main benefit provided by the wealth of travel information posted online is that it can be constantly updated, whereas even the newest editions of published travel guides will be immediately out of date.

Travel literature on the internet also plays into the wildly popular emergence of Web 2.

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Wine tasting in Spain

The opportunity to take a wine-tasting trip in Spain has been noted by a hospitality website which says the country is a "world class producer" of the beverage.

According to Express Hospitality, the culture and languages in different regions of Spain represent the Mediterranean country's diversity.

This may encourage those considering a Spanish holiday to think about visiting the wine-making districts, as many vineyards are open to tourists who want to sample the local Rioja or Cava.

In fact, the website goes on to say that exploring the country this way can be a great idea for visitors interested in heritage and natural beauty.

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